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Random House, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 297 pages
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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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User Review  - KristySP - LibraryThing

I didn't love this book as much I'd hoped to. I felt like the author was writing a story about adults for adults but decided for some reason to stick a child protagonist in the middle of it. There ... Read full review

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User Review  - Turrean - LibraryThing

A compelling read about a black boy in 1898 on the eve of a race riot in Wilmington, North Carolina. The days of slavery are only a generation past. Members of the black community face hated, lynching ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
21
Section 3
50
Section 4
76
Section 5
104
Section 6
124
Section 7
139
Section 8
149
Section 15
224
Section 16
240
Section 17
264
Section 18
265
Section 19
281
Section 20
288
Section 21
293
Section 22
298

Section 9
156
Section 10
157
Section 11
174
Section 12
190
Section 13
204
Section 14
216
Section 23
299
Section 24
302
Section 25
303
Section 26
305
Section 27
307
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About the author (2013)

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.