Sons of Liberty
A revolution is a complicated thing, Rock Kindle knows -- especially when it happens in your own family. Rock wants to be loyal to his father, whose "life lessons" are often harsh, sometimes cruel. And he tries to be loyal to his mother, who retreats from the world more and more every day, whose weakness leaves Rock torn between anger and pity for her. So he's suspicious of his older brother, Cliff's, dark hints at escaping, rebelling against their father's tyranny. Why does Cliff need to start a revolution? Why can't they all just stay together as family?
But when their friend, Liza, escapes from her own troubled situation, and as tensions escalate at home, Rock finds himself forced to take sides. He must sort out for himself whether he is a patriot -- or a traitor.
With unforgettable, sharply drawn characters and a taut, dramatic narrative, Adele Griffin's third novel draws us into the complexity of family relationships, offering no easy answers -- only hope.
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Kids dropped their weapons and gaped at Briggsie. Rock squinted to see the
bright shock of blood trickling from the torn skin just beneath Briggsie 's hairline. "
Rock, you totally — " Cliff sprinted to Briggsie in a flash, tugging off his wool scarf,
"You never told us about that kid Seamus. You said you just hung out in the mall
all day." Rock felt resentful. He hated secrets being kept from him. "I did — we did
. But it felt like a hidden thing. Private. Which it still is," Liza asserted quickly.
You kids looking for anyone in particular?" The old man tugged back his hat to
get a better view of them. "Kid named Seamus," Liza said. The man twisted his
mouth in thought, then shook his head. "Nope, nope, never heard that name," he
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MartyAllen - LibraryThing
There is nothing particularly special about this book. The characters are likeable and relatable, but the story itself is slow to develop, too slow for most readers. The author information at the end ... Read full review
SONS OF LIBERTYUser Review - Kirkus
A knot-in-the-stomach of a good book, as true and real as any this year: Griffin (Split Just Right, p. 555, etc.), in her disturbing portraits of adults as authoritative, abusive, and ineffectual ... Read full review
Chapter One THE JUWAG
ChapterTwo OJJTOAi AND DIME
ChapterThree IIMHQ PROTEjTEM
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