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  BRCSBooks | Aug 15, 2014 |
A compelling read about a black boy in 1898 on the eve of a race riot in Wilmington, North Carolina. The days of slavery are only a generation past. Members of the black community face hated, lynching, and the constant daily threat of intimidation. The story of Moses, the young son of a prominent member of the black community, is beautifully and movingly told. As an approaching election brings racial tension to a boil, Moses discovers what it means to be a man. The themes and language of the book make this a novel for 8th grade and above: lynching, rape, the life of slaves. The author also uses the word "nigger," which will make it a difficult read for some teenagers--or at least, difficult for their parents. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
I didn't love this book as much I'd hoped to. I felt like the author was writing a story about adults for adults but decided for some reason to stick a child protagonist in the middle of it. There were lots of details and implied storylines that went over the main character's head. I found this distracting and annoying.
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  KristySP | Apr 21, 2013 |
Outstanding historical fiction about a little-known race riot in Wilmington, North Carolina at the turn of the century with vividly drawn characters and setting. A powerful portrait of racism. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Growing up in the predominantly black community of Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898 just one generation removed from slavery, 11-year-old Moses doesn't quite understand how unusual his town and life is. His father is college-educated and works for the only African American daily newspaper in the country, and the town itself has more African American officials than white ones. But over the summer, Moses’ family and community begin to fall apart as racial tension grows, finally escalating into the brutal and devastating Wilmington Massacre. Historical fact, scenes of action and adventure, and realistic relationships between Moses and his friends and family combine to create a compelling read about an event in American history that few know about. Moses’ voice is especially captivating, and will keep even struggling readers turning the pages. A family secret that leaves Moses’ mother questioning her parentage and several graphic stories from Moses’ grandmother’s slave life should be taken into consideration when assigning this book to readers. Highly recommended for grades 7-9. ( )
  jessicaschmidt917 | Nov 25, 2012 |
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The summer of 1898 is filled with ups and downs for 11-year-old Moses. He's growing apart from his best friend, his superstitious Boo-Nanny butts heads constantly with his pragmatic, educated father, and his mother is reeling from the discovery of a family secret. Yet there are good times, too. He's teaching his grandmother how to read. For the first time she's sharing stories about her life as a slave. And his father and his friends are finally getting the respect and positions of power they've earned in the Wilmington, North Carolina community. But not everyone is happy with the political changes at play and some will do anything, including a violent plot against the government, to maintain the status quo.
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In 1898, Moses Thomas's summer vacation does not go exactly as planned as he contends with family problems and the ever-changing alliances among his friends at the same time as he is exposed to the escalating tension between the African-American and white communities of Wilmington, North Carolina.… (more)

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