Meadow MacKenna hates the British. Turned off her Irish farm and forced to book passage to America as an indentured servant, she understands the rebel desire to throw off the yoke of King George’s rule. But is freedom worth the cost? Is it even possible?
When her new master turns abusive, Meadow disguises herself as a boy and flees. But she cannot outrun the political conflict. She’s moved by the courage, pride and determination of the American patriots, but their Puritan roots run deep. Will liberty apply to Negroes, to Quakers, to Jews–to Irish Catholics like her? Or will majority rule serve the majority? Perhaps the colonists had simply invented a new kind of tyranny. She cannot commit to such a cause. Neither can she prevent the war from claiming the souls of her father and the man she loves.
“Michelle Isenhoff’s book “The Color of Freedom” was a refreshing, realistic look of the early struggles between the British Troops and the new Patriots in and around the Boston area. What a great way to bring history alive and to bring a valuable history lesson for young and old alike.”
“Isenhoff knows the period well, and it shows clearly in her writing. She effortlessly places her characters in a position to witness key events of the rebellion, and shows us both the political and personal costs of that conflict as it unfolds.”
“The story is well written and the action keeps moving forward to a satisfying finish. Plus readers will glean a bit of Colonial American history in the reading.”
CIR: What inspired you to write about the American Revolution?
ISENHOFF: This was my very first novel, inspired by a family vacation to Boston, Lexington, and Concord. My imagination always sparks when I visit places from history. I try to see through the eyes of those who were there. I want t make their stories come alive for my readers because people, then and now, aren’t really all that different.
CIR: How did you do the research for this story?
ISENHOFF: I didn’t have internet back then, so the research process was long and laborious.
CIR: What other books you would compare The Color of Freedom to?
ISENHOFF: It has been listed by readers along side My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, April Morning, by Howard Fast, and the great Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes. I have been completely blown away seeing my book included in a list of such highly esteemed teen literature.
CIR: How do you address the theme of freedom in your book?
ISENHOFF: I came at it from a slightly different angle. My heroine is a Catholic who has known abuse at the hands of New England Protestants. Even though she has her own grudge against the crown, she can’t help but wonder if those freedoms the rebels fight for will ever be extended to her. It makes her think twice about joining the war effort.