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Stealing Liberty is a young adult novel by Jennifer Froelich. Reed and Riley are two teens who meet in a very unexpected place: a top secret detention school for teens whose parents are deemed enemies of the state. Reed does not expect to start a friendship with Riley, a girl who has no reason to like him in the first place. One day Reed, Riley and their other friends find books in the tunnels under their school. As they read carefully, they all start to question the government’s relationship with America. Meanwhile, the government makes a big decision to sell the Liberty Bell and immediately Reed and his friends understand this is wrong. They decide right away they will put everything on the line to restore their freedom and save history as they know it. But will they make it out alive?
Stealing Liberty is an action packed novel that you will want to finish in one sitting. Every element in this novel is crafted carefully and done well. When I finished the novel, I wanted to give it a round of applause. Its dystopian-like plot is inviting and as soon as you start reading, you understand that it is overall original and refreshing. So are the main characters, Reed and Riley; they have very authentic voices and their friendship is sweet. Every character in this novel, including the minor ones, goes through an immense amount of development. The themes of liberty, freedom, and trust are also intriguing; these concepts are very important for teens to reflect on, especially in this day and age. Jennifer Froelich’s writing is unarguably impressive; she does an amazing job of keeping you hooked with fast-paced contrasting tones, as well as imagery that you won’t be able to get out of your head.
This book is not only entertaining, but it is also insightful when it comes to American history. By giving proper respect to the values that the country is founded on, this novel allows you to understand how important these values truly are. I recommend this book to any person who is interested in America, its history, and who wonders what it truly means to be a citizen. This book teaches you that, as an American, you should never take your freedom for granted.