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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.

One generation away from slavery, a thriving African American community—enfranchised and emancipated—suddenly and violently loses its freedom in turn of the century North Carolina when a group of local politicians stages the only successful coup d'etat in US history.

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"Adult author Wright, in her first book for children, presents a hard-hitting and highly personal view of the Wilmington race riots of 1898 through 11-year-old narrator Moses. Though the story initially meanders, the pace builds as Wright establishes the Wilmington, N.C., setting, with its large black middle class, and Moses's family life, which is primarily influenced by his slave-born grandmother, 'Boo Nanny,' and his Howard University — educated father, an alderman and a reporter at the Wilmington Daily Record, 'the only Negro daily in the South.' Wright sketches a nuanced view of racial tension and inequality from Moses's sheltered yet optimistic perspective, such as a bike shop's slogan contest that is only open to white children, or the farmer who fires Moses after he helps another okra picker determine his true pay. A Daily Record editorial ignites racial backlash and catalyzes a series of attacks on hard-won rights, thrusting Moses and his father into the violence of the riots. This thought-provoking novel and its memorable cast offer an unflinching and fresh take on race relations, injustice, and a fascinating, little-known chapter of history. Ages 8 — 12. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

BARBARA WRIGHT grew up in North Carolina, and has lived all over the world, from France, to Korea, to El Salvador.  She has worked as a fact-checker for Esquire and as a screenwriter. This is her first novel for children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375869280
Author:
Wright, Barbara
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
historical fiction;north carolina;race relations;racism;friendship;wilmington;family
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.48 x 5.8 x 1.11 in 0.9 lb
Age Level:
from 10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Adult author Wright, in her first book for children, presents a hard-hitting and highly personal view of the Wilmington race riots of 1898 through 11-year-old narrator Moses. Though the story initially meanders, the pace builds as Wright establishes the Wilmington, N.C., setting, with its large black middle class, and Moses's family life, which is primarily influenced by his slave-born grandmother, 'Boo Nanny,' and his Howard University — educated father, an alderman and a reporter at the Wilmington Daily Record, 'the only Negro daily in the South.' Wright sketches a nuanced view of racial tension and inequality from Moses's sheltered yet optimistic perspective, such as a bike shop's slogan contest that is only open to white children, or the farmer who fires Moses after he helps another okra picker determine his true pay. A Daily Record editorial ignites racial backlash and catalyzes a series of attacks on hard-won rights, thrusting Moses and his father into the violence of the riots. This thought-provoking novel and its memorable cast offer an unflinching and fresh take on race relations, injustice, and a fascinating, little-known chapter of history. Ages 8 — 12. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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