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Saving Savannah

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen leaves bubble of privilege in exciting historical tale.

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The sweep of history makes this story of an elite Black teen in 1919 Washington, D.C., who becomes an activist an exciting read. The title character of Saving Savannah's, like the hero of Tonya Bolden's previous book, Inventing Victoria, is a sympathetic young woman who gets exposed to parts of the world she couldn't previously have imagined, and who's inspired to reinvent herself. The weakness of the book is that some of the characters and subplots seem like excuses to introduce issues, ideas, or events rather than being necessary to the story. At times, it seems more like a thought experiment than a novel, but as a thought experiment ("What would it be like to be a young person living in the tumultuous year of 1919?") it is satisfying.

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