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Day of Tears : A Novel in Dialogue

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Interesting story of historic slave auction.

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age 8+

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age 8+

perfect for younger kids

I liked this bookIyhought that it somewhat helped my daughter get a better look on slavery

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This book's unique format creates a bit of an emotional distance that robs the novel of some of the raw power one might expect from the subject matter. Julius Lester tells the story in the form of snippets of scripted dialogue, thoughts, flashbacks, and quotes from an historical pamphlet that gives the names and prices of those sold at this auction. Though it sometimes can be a bit confusing when read silently, the format does make the story very accessible to elementary-age children, as does the author's careful avoidance of the more sensational and lurid aspects of the story.

The author skips from character to character, and time to time, never letting the reader identify too strongly with any one person. Perhaps the author felt this was necessary to avoid overwhelming young readers. In any case, this is a fascinating and engrossing look at a little-known historical event that encapsulates the institution of slavery.

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