“Yecheilyah Ysrayl takes us on a colorful and thought provoking journey through the eyes of a mulatto slave woman Stella. Generations later, Stella’s descendant Cynthia May has no idea of Stella’s life as a slave, nor the true identity of their bloodline. Since Cynthia is a racist she is in for a rude awakening. Stella is reminiscent of a wonderfully written slave narrative, a story of history and pain, it is brilliant opener of the Stella series.“
- Kathryn Reed
“Stella: Beyond the Colored Line is a fascinating walk through the ages–from slavery, to segregation, to the black power movement, to modern times. Through the eyes of one mixed race woman, the author touches on major events in African American history, allowing the reader to experience them in real time. The story deepens when Stella decides to live as a white woman and raise her children as whites. As her family grows and develops within a changing society, Stella and her children reveal complex perspectives and attitudes that make it clear that it doesn’t matter who your ancestors were. Nothing is just simply black or white.”
- Christa Wojo.
“The third in a series, The Road to Freedom – Joseph’s Story is able to stand alone. However, in order to get the full experience of the story arc, it would be a good idea to start from the beginning. It was very well written. Historical without being boring. Accurate but not preachy. Brutal without over-dramatizing. It would be appropriate for teen and adult readers alike. In particular, I would recommend it for literature classes or history classes. It’s only 65 pages long and it provides ample discussion topics with authentic learning opportunities. Adults who want to read it for personal growth should absolutely do so. I finished this book days ago, and I’m still thinking about it.”
- Mama Pete
“If something is wrong, you don’t sit back and let the wrong continue. You go out and you do your part to change it.” If the above quote speaks to you, you should read this book. The cast of characters are mostly young teenagers who want to change the world, but first need a plan. They all have different life experiences and bring their own perspectives to what they want to accomplish, which is really good for showing the reader other aspects (instead of just the narrator’s point of view). Right away on their journey, the group encounters racism that affects them all, yet some more than others. There are no exaggerations on the violence depicted, which can be a wake-up call for readers who don’t have as much knowledge of this part of history. The story itself leads to further research by grabbing the reader’s interest in gaining more knowledge about this period of time.”
- Swimming through Literature
"The screenplay, Pearls Before Swine, reads like a movie script. I feel as though I'm acquainted with some of the characters. Yecheilyah Ysrayl's first screenplay is definitely an accomplishment. If you like drama, this is it. The suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat! The pearls are most intriguing! Discover what these pearls represent. Undoubtedly, you will gain insight from this powerful mystery."
- Amazon Customer
"This is an amazing book. You can find your self playing out each scene as if a movie is playing out in your mind. Each character has a story that you can somehow relate to yourself. Wonderfully written this page turner will have you asking for more and more. This is a book that was truly hard to put down. Really looking forward to Volume 2. If you do not have it, it is a must have for any reader. BUY THIS BOOK!! What are you waiting for? :)"
- Constance Humphrey
"Pearls Before swine is amazing! If you haven't read it yet, I defiantly recommend you read this book. I can see this book becoming a movie."
- Amazon Customer
"Stella is a story that resonates with me and challenged the sensibilities of people who judge others based on the color of their skin. Cynthia's world is turned upside down with the knowledge that she is black and Alex abandons her as a result. The lesson in this is we are all tied together in some way and God did not intend for humans to be separated simply based on skin tone. After the story is over, the author provides a history lesson for us about the existence of slavery in the North and the misinformation we are prone to believe. She also explains how slaves chose to change their names after being set free with some great examples to back it up. "
- Lisa W. Tetting
"Excellent read, My husband bought them as a present for me, and thou English is not my first language I found it really easy to read, very educational, and i must say i enjoy the fact that I needed to do some research and learnt new things, I certainly recommend it and also encourage you to give it as a present to a friend, family or even a work college, you will certainly leave a print in their hearts. Kind regards."
- Estefania Lugo
"This trilogy hit the nail on the head and painted vivid pictures of what it meant to be black during the time of slavery. It also introduces an aspect many of us are not exposed to especially when one is mixed and is faced with the hard choice of choosing which “side” you will let the world see and how this benefits you and in the long run how it affects you as a person and your family. The character Stella is a strong woman faced with hard choices and carries burdens that we cannot fathom. It is eye opening of the racial diversities that we still encounter today, making it a bitter pill to swallow no matter which side of the spectrum you’re looking at it. These stories all tell a tale of their own, each taking you down a path you did not see coming. They are all unique in their own way and are quite interesting considering there are three generations represented. Great read for everyone and interesting to discuss in a book club. There is enough material to dive through for days! Go get your copies now and learn more about our history."
- Kasapo Chibwe
"This story retells the history of many African-American families alive today. It is a heritage rich with strife and suffering but also filled with a hope and a desire to finally grasp the freedom that has been so elusive and out of reach for so many. At times, I was forced to accept some uncomfortable truths about our American past. There is nothing wrong with that. This story makes you think about freedom and what it really means to you as a person, and as an American. I loved this story because it is through the learning of other’s journeys that we begin to learn much about ourselves. Their pain becomes our pain and we begin to see through their eyes. Stella Mae will touch your soul with such a sweet simplicity you won’t even know it."
- Colleen Chesebro
"Very interesting story indeed, I can even visualize the story in my mind, I bet Stella trilogy can be out there as a play or even a TV series. I'm really enjoying this read, looking forward to reading The Road to Freedom."
- Amazon Customer
"The Stella trilogy is a must read.very informative in reference to relevant history of racism and slavery.written in a way that you become a part of the the story. It's story line is still present today. An awesome read written by an awesome writer."
- Siheta Jones
"Excellent book! I couldn't stop reading- this book focuses on the history of people with mixed ancestry and the many personal issues they encountered. These issues are real and are still faced today. I highly recommend this book!"
- Michele Taylor
"Wow this was a Great Read!! The road to Freedom:Joseph's story, may be set In the time frame of the early 60's but its content is very relevant to today's current events. The writer takes you on a journey through the eyes of a young man named Joseph. He and his friends begin down a road with only the hope of wanting to somehow help the fight for equality of "African Americans" and to stop the mistreatment they suffered under segregation and Jim Crow laws. They realize that this task would be harder than they imagined. As they travel down the road of reality, they find that the segregated world they live in has been paved with cruelty, Injustice, and was blinded by hatred and strong resistance to even the notion of change. Joseph and his friends encountered first hand, the mistreatment and persecution of the "African American" people and those that helped them. "
"Great history book! This book offers information of an Era in history that isn't taught in most public schools. Yecheilyah draws the reader in, as if you are actually living back in time. You will definitely want to continue with the Stella Trilogy!"
- Amazon Customer Review
"Stella: Beyond the Colored Line is a fascinating walk through the ages–from slavery, to segregation, to the black power movement, to modern times. Through the eyes of one mixed race woman, the author touches on major events in African American history, allowing the reader to experience them in real time. " - Amazon Customer Review
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