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As Fast As Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck

As Fast As Words Could Fly

by Pamela M. Tuck

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i enjoyed reading this book. It discussed complex issues such as civil rights, discrimination and desegregation but in a child friendly way. This book talk about a boy who wrote civil rights letters for his dad and faced the civil rights movement head on. This story was moving because it shows that persistence and hard work can be recognized even during tough times. This book would be good for teaching students the history of the civil rights movement in the US because it touches on all of the major issues of the time but is also relatable to children. ( )
  tmclau7 | Oct 31, 2017 |
I liked this book because it gives a child's perspective of the civil rights movement. It tells the story of a young boy named Mason who uses his writing and education to make a statement against the movement. He wants to prove he is just as smart as the students in his school and how to voice an opinion through his writing. Mason remembers vividly his father saying,"Someone has to make a change" so Mason decides to be that change. I like this book because it demonstrates perserverence through trials and tribulations. For example, Mason teaches himself to type on a type writer, then competes in a competition and wins. He knew the white children at his school wouldn't be happy but he did this to make words heard against segregation. The word choice and tone of the characters make the story seem realistic and understandable. I like how the author uses bright colors in a book about segregation to demonstrate there is more to just black and white. I would definitely recommend this book! ( )
  jdanie23 | Oct 10, 2017 |
This book was amazing for so many reasons, and I would recommend it for students or to teachers to use for a class activity. The contemporary fiction book tells the story of segregation and integration and how challenging it was. I think this is a great topic because it is accurate to the past of many students relatives. Pop say "they done messed with the wrong fellow!" when Mason was fired without explanation. This part of the book is where a lot of emotion flows from the pages. This can help students truly understand how they may have felt during this time. Overall, I think this book is great because of the topic, the illustrations, and the dialogue. ( )
  epugli2 | Mar 6, 2017 |
I really liked this book because, although it is about civil rights and the civil rights movement, it is about the determination of one single black boy during this time. His father is very worried about civil rights, but Mason is worried about his typing. This is represented when Mason remembers his father saying, "Somebody's got to make a change." The change his father was talking about had to do with segregation in schools, but Mason understood the deeper meaning of this statement and realized he had to prove he was just as good as the other students in everything he did. I also liked this book because it is very realistic in the way it represents the attitudes of many of the characters. For example, the Jones boys were very friendly with Mason outside of school, but ignored them inside of school. This is because of the pressure of the social atmosphere. The Jones boys were afraid to be outcasted or worse if they associated with Mason. The big idea of this story was that determination will allow you to triumph because Mason was very determined to become the best typist in his school and he ended up winning the typing competition and also making a step towards showing how he is equal to the other students. ( )
  mwilli62 | Mar 15, 2016 |
Inspiring true story of perseverance and triumph in the face of adversity. ( )
  kimpiddington | Nov 15, 2015 |
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"A thirteen-year-old African American boy in 1960s Greenville, North Carolina, uses his typing skills to make a statement as part of the Civil Rights movement. Based on true events. Includes author's note"--Provided by publisher.

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