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Publisher's Summary

The summer of 1898 is filled with ups and downs for 11-year-old Moses. He's growing apart from his best friend; his superstitious Boo-Nanny butts heads constantly with his pragmatic, educated father; and his mother is reeling from the discovery of a family secret. Yet there are good times, too. He's teaching his grandmother how to read. For the first time she's sharing stories about her life as a slave. And his father and his friends are finally getting the respect and positions of power they've earned in the Wilmington, North Carolina, community. But not everyone is happy with the political changes at play and some will do anything, including a violent plot against the government, to maintain the status quo.
One generation away from slavery, a thriving African American community - enfranchised and emancipated - suddenly and violently loses its freedom in turn of the century North Carolina when a group of local politicians stages the only successful coup d'etat in US history.
©2013 Barbara Wright (P)2013 Listening Library
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Critic Reviews

"The expert blending of vivid historical details with the voice of a courageous, relatable hero makes this book shine. ( School Library Journal)
"Wright has taken a little-known event and brought it to vivid life, with a richly evoked setting of a town on the Cape Fear River, where a people not far from the days of slavery look forward to the promise of the twentieth century." ( The Horn Book magazine)
"Relying on historical records, Wright deftly combines real and fictional characters to produce an intimate story about the Wilmington riots to disenfranchise black citizens. An intensely moving, first-person narrative of a disturbing historical footnote told from the perspective of a very likable, credible young hero." ( Kirkus Reviews)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kristine on 05-16-18

great historical fiction for all ages, great read

teachers all over the US should use this in the classroom, good reas for all ages

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5 out of 5 stars
By A customer on 08-01-17

Surprised by content

My son (11) and I really liked the story. It was riveting, sad, powerful, and moving. I wish I 'd had forewarning about some light sexual discussion that my son was not quite ready for. For my 14 year old, there would've been no issues, but my 11 year old, yea, he's very much a child. Just be aware for your own kids before letting a very young one loose. Overall a great book, and a great performance.

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