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William Henry is a Fine Name (Civil War Series #1)

by Cathy Gohlke

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Absolutely excellent book!
Slavery, underground railroad, freedom, choices, coming of age. ( )
  itsJUSTme | Sep 11, 2009 |
Robert is a 13 year old boy growing up in the time just before the Civil war. As the story begins, he has little to worry himself besides the trouble he gets into with his best friend, William Henry. But Robert is at an age where he begins to be aware of the issues around him, which include slavery and how black people like his friend William Henry are treated. Robert gradually discovers his family's secret--his father is an abolitionist who helps with the underground railroad, but his mother grew up on a southern plantation that uses slaves. Robert finds himself forced to make a stand on the issue--one that could alienate him from his mother, his best friend, or his father.
This was a fine historical novel, and a short read meant for teens or middle school read. ( )
  debs4jc | Sep 13, 2007 |
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They told him his best friend wasn't human. Robert's father assisted the Underground Railroad. His mother adamantly opposed abolition. His best friend was a black boy named William Henry. As a nation neared its boiling point, Robert found himself in his own painful conflict. The one thing he couldn't do was nothing at all. William Henry is a coming-of-age story about a 12-year-old boy--and an entire country--that comes face to face with the evils of society, even within the walls of the church. In the safety of an uplifting friendship, he discovers the hope of a brighter day.

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Thirteen-year-old Robert attempts to understand the chaos of the pre-Civil War South, with a best friend who is black, a father who is involved with the Underground Railroad, and a mother who is against abolition.

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