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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"Nothing." Cliff's shadowed face was sullen. Rock could feel the sweat beneath
his clothes, coating his skin. His heart beat an irregular high-speed rhythm. Shut
up, Cliff, shut up. The words lifted in his throat and died there. Their father studied
"Shut up!" "The Skowhegan Saps?" Cliff added. He nudged Liza in the elbow and
she squirmed away from him. "We're just busting on you, Lizy. Once, and I mean
this was a long time ago, but once I fake- autographed all my baseball cards ...
I have maps, Mom and I did a budget. The car can get us there if we're careful,
and Aunt Louisa says she'd even meet us — " "Shut up, okay? I don't want to
listen to this dumb, stupid, bad plan anymore." Rock tipped his chin toward the
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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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