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The Sittin' Up

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Elder's death unites community in sweet historical novel.

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THE SITTIN' UP offers a colorful, engaging look through one young boy's eyes at a community grappling with changing societal norms, a beloved elder's death, and a devastating storm. Readers unfamiliar with the dialect may need to get accustomed to the narrative voice, but author Shelia P. Moses does a wonderful job of capturing the emotions of each moment in authentic language. The book's meandering pace seems slow and a bit stagnant, like a hot summer afternoon, when anticipation for an upcoming event runs high.

The book's unabashed sweetness will resonate with teens and parents, while younger readers may not relate to certain coming-of-age struggles. The story offers plenty of conflicts -- two deaths, Jim Crow South issues, and a terrifying life-or-death struggle against a raging storm -- but also a quiet, undramatic realness.

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