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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (61 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephanie J. Blake Narrator: Kelly Fogwell Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781469215761
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Freedom Jane McKenzie isn’t good at following the rules. She’s good at getting into trouble—and playing marbles. All she wants is to enter the marble competition at the Autumn Jubilee and show the boys in the neighborhood that she’s the best player. First, Freedom has to convince her mother to let her enter. But there’s a new baby on the way, Freedom’s daddy is drinking too much, her little brother is a handful, and her mother is even more difficult than usual. Freedom learns that when it comes to love, friendship, and family, sometimes there are no rules. Set in 1959, The Marble Queen is a timeless story about growing up.

“I wanted to stay with Freedom and her oh-so-real family forever. I wanted to keep watching her play marbles with the boys. And I wanted just one more visit with the kind but eccentric next-door neighbor. Blake has combined the fascinating world of childhood marble-playing with the ups and downs of perfectly realistic characters. A winner!” —Barbara O’Connor, author of How to Steal a Dog and Greetings from Nowhere

“Rich with historical details, The Marble Queen will pull you back to 1959, but Freedom Jane McKenzie is a protagonist for all time. Whether she’s knee-deep in family struggles or proving to the world she has what it takes to play marbles with the boys, Freedom’s voice rings out with determination, humor, and warmth.” —Nan Marino, author of Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This one is for keepsies, and it would be perfect paired with a how-to book on marble games.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Warm and old-fashioned in the very best sense of the word.”


  • “Terrific.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kalee | 1/2/2014

    " A quick read that was cute and an interesting perspective on living with an alcoholic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 12/23/2013

    " Adorable. Kids will love this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janel | 12/11/2013

    " Very well-written slice of Americana. The characters, the atmosphere, the observations and emotions were all very real. I kept thinking about the book for days afterwards because it prompted me to remember how I used to think and feel as a kid. Ms. Blake is a very skilled writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/2/2013

    " 4th grade historical fiction. Some big issues here - drinking, women's rights, etc. but not overdone or treated too heavily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anja Manning | 5/22/2013

    " Love it! Freedom McKenzie is wonderful, and the historical details and the marble playing are outstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 12/25/2012

    " I loved this book. Freedom is such a terrific main character, I could have spent another 1000 pages with her. "

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About the Author

Stephanie J. Blake loves black jellybeans. She is scared of the dark. She reads lots of books. She’s a terrible driver. She eats chocolate. A lot. Sometimes she has déjà vu, and she likes it. Her middle name is Jane. If she weren’t a writer, she’d be a country singer. Or maybe a pastry chef. Stephanie is also a member of the Apocalypsies, a group of children’s and young adult authors debuting in 2012, and Smack Dab in the Middle, a middle grade authors’ blog. When she’s not in front of the computer, she can be found in her backyard in Colorado with her husband, their three boys, and their two dogs.