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Written in screenplay format, Myers recounts the events from the New York Draft Riots of 1863. Fifteen year old Claire is literally caught in the middle of rioting sides with a black father and Irish mother. She develops a solid friendship with Priscilla who teaches her about love, acceptance and trust.

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Kirkus Reviews starred 08/01/09
Booklist starred 08/01/09
School Library Journal starred 09/01/09

The content of this book is so specific, it would be easier to use with a general curriculum topic of riots.
  Winnster | Jul 29, 2013 |
Even though the subject of the Draft Riots is fascinating, with its conflict between blacks and Irish Americans in 19th century New York City, the treatment by Myers is flawed. It is in the form of a screenplay. It may make a good movie, but when I read a play, I would rather have the story develop in an organic way. The back matter is all, where you get the facts behind the riots, and a timeline. Otherwise, the "play" feels like a fleshed out nonfiction book with characters thrown in who aren't really real. ( )
  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
16-year-old Claire's mother is white and her father is black. When riots break out in 1863 New York because poor whites are drafted into the Civil War, African-Americans, their homes and their businesses are targets. Claire, who had both white and black friends, realizes that race does make a difference to many people.
  Dauntless | Apr 8, 2013 |
Written as a screen play, this book explores the New York Draft Riots of 1863 in multiple perspectives. After the battle of Gettysburg, the Union expands the draft. Subsequent clashes erupt between the Irish in New York City and police as well as the military. The main character and her parents, a mixed race marriage of an Irish woman and African-American man, own an inn in the area where much of the unrest is taking place. Clarie starts questioning her identity and the world around her in a way she had not previously. A short read with a well done afterward about the historical context of the book. ( )
  ewyatt | Mar 5, 2013 |
RGG: Written as a screen play, a girl's sense of identity as a light-skinned irish / african american who can pass is brought into question by the Draft Riots in NYC during the time of the Civil War. The format makes following the story somewhat difficult, especially keeping track of the different characters. And the historical context may be unfamiliar to many readers.
  rgruberexcel | Oct 2, 2012 |
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In 1863, fifteen-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy "swells" of New York City.… (more)

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