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Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue

  Lester, Julius


Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Number of Pages: 177
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Genres:

Historical fiction

Material Type/Location:

Junior High Fiction

Reading Level:

2-3
4-5
6-8

Awards:

Coretta Scott King Award
Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

Master Butler has always been good to his slaves. He treats them almost as if they were equals. And his slaves are grateful for that. But Master Butler has a gambling problem, and in order to pay his gambling debts he’s going to have to sell off his property. His slaves. That means breaking up families and sending people away from the only home, the only life, they have ever known. But that’s okay, because everyone knows that these African slaves don’t have feelings like white folks do.

This is the story of the biggest slave auction in the history of the South, as told from the points of view of everyone who was involved: slaves, slave-owner and his family, auctioneer, and others. It is based on historical fact. For me, it was impossible to put down. Give it a try-- and learn history from the people who lived it, through the mind of a great writer, Julius Lester.

Reviewed by: Mary Michell on 10/15/2007

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