• Title: Steele Secrets
  • Author: Andi Cumbo-Floyd
  • ISBN: 9781523298914
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • Steele Secrets When Mary Steele mysteriously finds herself in an old cemetery down the road from her house in a tiny mountain town she s not concerned She s not even frightened when a ghost named Moses approaches h
    When Mary Steele mysteriously finds herself in an old cemetery down the road from her house in a tiny mountain town, she s not concerned She s not even frightened when a ghost named Moses approaches her or when she has to stand off against a bulldozer But when her inquiries into the history of the cemetery and the people buried there begin to draw out the worst in the meWhen Mary Steele mysteriously finds herself in an old cemetery down the road from her house in a tiny mountain town, she s not concerned She s not even frightened when a ghost named Moses approaches her or when she has to stand off against a bulldozer But when her inquiries into the history of the cemetery and the people buried there begin to draw out the worst in the members of her community, Mary begins to be afraid Will she be able to recover history while keeping the people she loves safe

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    1. Told from the perspective of a young girl named Mary Steele comes the story of a town's secrets, and our nation's secrets. An old cemetery is about to be bull-dozed. Mary encounters a ghost there and what she learns inspires her to try to save the cemetery. Part ghost-story, part contemplation about the importance of preserving the past, part acknowledgment of our nation's need to confront the legacy of slavery as we never really have, I literally could not put this book down once I got half way [...]

    2. From the moment I met 17 year old Mary Steele, the heroine of Andi Cumbo-Floyd’s new novel Steele Secrets, I wanted to know more about her. This is a young woman of uncommon intelligence and integrity, of gentle courage and a strong heart filled with deeply sensitive emotions. Through a series of strange-but-true circumstances, Mary is moved to take a stand against racism and injustice in the small town she calls home. True to her name she demonstrates nerves of steel as she uses her intellige [...]

    3. I just finished reading, "Steele Secrets" by Andi Cumbo-Floyd, a volume I won in a FB drawing. When I received this book, I opened it intent on reading a few paragraphs and laying it down until I had more time. Wrong! I couldn't put this book down as Andi threw out the lure and hooked me in no time at all. Her work is powerful. After but a few moments, I found myself not reading words, but living the story. Andi presents a very common human problem, and weaves a tale that moved my heart in so ma [...]

    4. This book officially comes out on February 9, but I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Moderate spoilers ahead.Fans of YA with a touch of magical realism and a nod to history, particularly concerning the treatment and remembrance of slaves - you're going to want to pre-order this one. The story is told from the perspective of a precocious teenage girl who gets zapped into an old cemetery and tries to save it from people who would have it destroyed. I like the juxtapositi [...]

    5. The supernatural blends seamlessly with the natural; the past with the present. Well written and a good story, this is a book that will make you wonder if you really know your past -- especially if you are from the South.

    6. I have appreciated Andi Cumbo-Floyd's previous books and was looking forward to this one, despite the change of style. I was not disappointed. Because while this is not the same kind of book that Andi has written before, it was still one that reflected her kind heart and her desire for racial reconciliation.Andi created a cast of strong female characters, which was my favorite aspect of this book. Mary Steele is a relatable, kind teenage girl who can just happen to talk to a ghost. She discovers [...]

    7. Mary Steele & MosesMary Steele a young girl who stumbled a cross a cemetery. There was a reason. The Ancestors wanted to be known and heard. Sometimes their Spirit comes through to us in many ways and we just have to have a open heart. The relationship between a modern day girl in our time and her relationship with the Ancestor Moses tells of a beautiful story of how we should remember and honor those that came before us. That one persons spirit tho they may be gone from this Life and young [...]

    8. Steele Secrets is a wonderful book, grounded in history and the joys of research and learning just where you come from. It's about racial reconciliation, while being a great read. It opens with Mary Steele picking beans in her garden one moment and finds herself in a cemetery the next. She meets Moses who turns out to be a ghost. The next day she finds herself blocking a bulldozer about to mow down the cemetery to make way for school playing fields. The story continues as Mary and her friends re [...]

    9. A young girl finds herself confronting racism and prejudice as she uncovers town secrets long buried d meant to stay buried. Steele Secrets provides excellent prompts for conversations on the legacy of slavery, racism, life after death, and even gender issues. The author weaves history and genealogical research techniques throughout the well researched book. The twists and turns of the plot kept me reading deep into the wee hours of the night. The characters (past and present!) are likeable and [...]

    10. A wonderful read! Touching. So sad that much of history has been forgotten. The lines and walls of misunderstanding need to be abolished

    11. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that started out so seemingly simple and ended up so profound. Steele Secrets is the story of a teenage girl who meets a ghost in an unmarked cemetery. I could tell from the beginning that this “young adult novel” would be a good read, even for a 60-year-old boomer. But the ending was more than good. The ending moved me powerfully. I teared up several times during the last few chapters and sobbed at the end, but in a good way. Having gotten to know the [...]

    12. I started reading this book because of the mad respect I have for the author and her work. I didn't know if I would enjoy it, but I'm happy to say that I LOVED it.Let me be clear from the beginning: this book has a ghost (not scary, though) and deals with racism and slavery. And while the author has some important things to say about the latter two, her views are woven into the story so well that readers are challenged in subtle ways. She doesn't flat-out preach her views, and there isn't what I [...]

    13. Steele Secrets is a riveting story about a girls fight to save an old cemetery. The plot starts with a small, but significant incident, and continues to build throughout the book to a dramatic conclusion. Mary is relatable as the main character, and the author tells the story in such a way that I found myself drawn into it and sharing it with the characters.As an Australian I found the historical aspect of the story fascinating. It made me compare the things I read in the story to our own histor [...]

    14. I didn't know wha to expect when I started reading this book. But it was about slaves and I've always been fascinated with personal stories as opposed to just stiff old numbers. On the one hand I want to learn, want to hear the stories, on the other hand it keeps me up at night because it happened to real people and it is happening to real people. The horror, sadness and pain in the stories are depressing but need to be told and in the form of a story it brings it so much closer. And it needs to [...]

    15. Told from the perspective of Mary Steele, Steele Secrets tells the story of a young woman who happens upon a seemingly forgotten cemetery. There, she meets and befriends the ghost of a former slave who is buried in the cemetery. Soon after, she begins spending more time learing about its tragic history while uncovering deep secrets. Those secrets, are ones some feel should stay buried.At a time when issues of race and racism are still prominent, Andi tackles the issue of slavery and the conseque [...]

    16. Steele Secrets by Andi Cumbo-Floyd is an enticing young novel. Mary Steele is a savvy teenager with admiration for graveyards. That esteem had a reason to be. In one of her visits to a cemetery, Mary Steele meets with the ghost of Moses, a former slave. From that on, the story takes us on a historical journey and unexpected twists.Once I started reading this book, it didn’t want to put away. Andi Cumbo-Floyd leads us on a learning adventure. While using the character of Mary Steele to bring aw [...]

    17. The first part of this review is actually shared by my Mom, who says, "Started reading Steele Secrets. The story flows beautifully and with loving compassion which makes you want to continue to read even in the uncomfortable places. Andi seems to really feel for the slaves as people and the importance of preserving our legacies."I would strongly concur. I would add that Andi's writing is beautiful. She has crafted a story that reads with a liquid type of smoothness. It is well researched and not [...]

    18. Exciting,empowering read!I found this short book packed with compelling energy and deep appreciation of the power of regular people to deal with wrongs in their midst. The characters quickly felt like friends to me. The social connections reflect the realities of our world today, yet also connect with harsh realities of history. Loved the ways doing the right things simultaneously met personal, educational, and justice goals! Life grows as characters see the ghosts in their midst! Well-written a [...]

    19. Healing is painful This is a work of fiction, but there is so much truth and real life in here. It doesn't end with one big bow becuase life doesn't end that way. But it ends with most characters becoming better people. It taught me something and gives me lots to keep thinking about.My only complaint isn't so much of a complaint, but a reminder. This is a Young Adult novel and so some relationships are left at a shallow depth. They could have been explored more, but that would have been a differ [...]

    20. From Andi Cumbo-Floyd's heart to ours. Mary Steele carries us through difficult topics of slavery, racism, rape, abuse, truth and reconciliation. You can't change everyone's heart, but you can share the truth of the past and work toward understanding and acceptance. A great read for anyone, especially young people who are unfamiliar with the truth about slavery and our nation's history. Knowing the truth allows lasting healing, if we let it. amazon/Steele-Secrets

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