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Black Dove White Raven

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen pilots face slavery in emotional historical adventure.

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Elizabeth Wein's emotional tale of two American teen pilots in 1936 Ethiopia finds them savoring the freedom of the skies and navigating political minefields as invaders eye their adopted country. Trying to do the right thing in often impossible circumstances, Teo and Em, aka Black Dove White Raven, do their best -- but neither they nor any of the other complex, intriguing characters can withstand overwhelming forces as war brews. Not even the emperor, as Em, whose ancestors helped escaping enslaved workers on the Underground Railroad, discovers that slavery is still very real in Ethiopia:

"Haile Selassie is trying to get rid of slavery gradually because he needs rich generals like Ras Amde Worku to give him loyalty without reservations. When people don't like his reforms, they rebel against him. The emperor can't risk offending his aristocracy with new laws they resent, and a sudden ban on slavery will leave a couple of million people with no work and no place to live. He can't do that when the whole country is about to be invaded."

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