Westrick, Anne

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
"The year is 1867, and the South has lost the Civil War. Those on the lowest rungs, like Shad's family, fear that the freed slaves will take the few jobs available. In this climate of despair and fear, a group has formed. Today we know it as the KKK"--

Publisher: New York :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, 2013
ISBN: 9780670014392
Branch Call Number: J FIC W
Characteristics: 359 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Historical fiction set in Richmond, Virginia during Reconstruction and told from the POV of 14 year old Shad, who is caught between the increasingly alarming activities of his older brother and his growing loyalty to freed slave, Rachel, who is teaching him how to read.

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Mar 07, 2014
  • AlizontheAmazon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thought this book was excellent and would be a great way to start conversations in classroom or book discussion groups about right and wrong and growing up in environments that teach racism and prejudice.

The author does such a good job of portraying the KKK through to eyes of a poor, white southern teen who doesn't know any better and has a lot of reasons to see the KKK as comforting and good. The way that Shad's emotions are described as flip flopping depending on the situation is extremely relatable.

Really great book.


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