Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Teens face violence, racism on a road trip to redemption.

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Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

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A really great book for discussing racism

The racism in this book is apalling and makes for a great discussion with kids - for both blatant racism and more subtle racism, like what goes on in the school in this story. The anguished question from the Father in this story about whether his dead son would have become a good man is also a thought provoking discussion point - especially for older teens.

Book Details

  • Author: Gary D. Schmidt
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Publication date: April 21, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 297
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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