Freedom's Just Another Word

Freedom's Just Another Word


By Caroline Stellings


Easy never thought she'd be on her way to see Janis Joplin - or that she'd be traveling with two nuns.

The year Louisiana – Easy for short – meets Janis Joplin is the year everything changes. Easy is a car mechanic in her dad’s shop, but she can sing the blues like someone twice her age. So when she hears that Janis Joplin is passing through her small town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Easy is there with her heart - and her voice - in hand. It’s 1970 and Janis Joplin is an electrifying blues-rock singer at the height of her fame – and of her addictions. Yet she recognizes Easy’s talent and asks her to meet her in Texas to sing. So Easy begins an unusual journey that will change everything.

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About the Author

Caroline Stellings is an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous books for children and young adults, including The Contest and the Nicki Haddon Mystery Series. She has been nominated for many prizes and has won both the ForeWord Book of the Year and the Hamilton Literary Award for Fiction. She lives in Waterdown, ON.

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  • Character Education
    > Prejudice & Tolerance
    > Self-Esteem
    > Strong Female Characters

  • Language Arts
    > Historical Fiction

  • The Arts
    > Music

Product Information

  • Release: September 13, 2016

  • $12.95 Paperback

  • 216 Pages

  • 8.25 x 5.5

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 12-16 / Grades 7-10

  • ISBN: 9781772600117

Awards for Freedom's Just Another Word

  • 2017 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People - TD Canadian Children's Book Awards

  • 2017 Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Fiction Finalist

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2017

Praise for Freedom's Just Another Word

"Time spent with this strong, savvy female protagonist is time well spent..." - Kirkus Reviews

"A unique story about a fascinating place and time." - School Library Journal

"Easy is a believable mix of perceptiveness and naivety, with an engaging and sardonic voice.... Stellings succeeds in providing a vivid glimpse of a little-known slice of Canadian history that will make young readers think more deeply about race and social justice." - Quill & Quire

"...Caroline Stellings creates an alluring, cross-country excursion of the soul and heart which ends with finding enlightenment, sometimes closer to home than you might expect." - CanLit for Little Canadians

"An extraordinary novel with a courageous narrator.... The portrait of Janis Joplin is brutally honest and fascinating, and adds a historical dimension to this beautifully written novel." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials 4/4 starred review

"Caroline Stellings gives us more than just your typical gal-pal road trip... [she] gives us a fantastic piece of historical fiction that takes us from one extreme to another with a strong relatable character." - Canadian Children's Book News

"With good dialogue, an attractive main character, unexpected humour, and real history thrown in, this is an important book that teens will find compelling reading." - Winnipeg Free Press

"Easy is a delightful character... a charming novel." - Historical Novels Review

"This is a great coming-of age story set in the still highly racial year of 1970." - Kutztown Review