Every once in a while, you come across a great novel with a classic story to tell. White Nigger: A Tale of Bigots & Bullies is just such a book. Ten-year-old River is a white girl whose half-brother and sister were fathered by a black man named Ivan. River's mother, Alice, has not been home for over three weeks, when a man accosts River. Ivan comes to her rescue and bloodies the man's nose. Afraid for the family's safety, Ivan packs all three children into his old truck. They travel to Owls Nest, Iowa, where they find a deserted cabin and became squatters. While some things are now better for River, she struggles to feel comfortable with Ivan, the black man who has assumed the role of her father. Her worries increase when the school bully, RayDon, begins to taunt her with the words, white nigger. The elderly woman who owns their cabin, Elizabeth Morningside, is a prominent Owls Nest citizen and a witness to River's heckling. Elizabeth hires Ivan to restore her mansion back to its original glory. Their relationship grows, but ugliness returns when someone scratches the words nigger lover into the door of Elizabeth's white Edsel convertible.When a child in the community turns up dead, vigilantes attack Ivan, but are stopped by the sheriff. Racial tensions escalate, even as River learns to accept comfort from Ivan, and they share a defining father/daughter moment. About the Author: Now retired, Beverly J. Scott lives in Iowa, and is working on her next book. Publisher's website: http: //www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/WhiteNigger.htm
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