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When you first walk into a room in a house, or into a stable, they have a way of telling you they know you're there. It ain't nothing particular noticeable, but the air inside of �em changes like it's saying, "I'm watching you". But I'd got into this stable so quiet and sneakish that nothing knowed I'd cracked open the door, held my breath, and took a step inside.Then I heard a humming sound so near that my blanged legs and breathing frozed up all over again. Whatever it was that was making that sound was so close that even my eyeballs locked where they were at. Then I started sliding my eyes off to the left. Someone had leaned some dark bundles or sacks up �gainst the left hand side of the stable. There were five of �em. The noise commenced again, sounding like someone fishing �round trying to figure which song they were �bout to hum.It was one of the bundles! It had four live, moving arms! I couldn't believe I'd come all they way to the United States of America to see my first haint!
©2007 Christopher Paul Curtis (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael Yardley on 12-09-08

Great Book, but not for young children

The message of this story is very good and it is very well written. I love the language or voice that this book brings. Like a few of the recent Newberry Award Winners, there are a few themes that are not appropriate for younger audiences. There is talk about people breeding, and graphic descriptions of slaves naked in chains. I think that it is important that people come to understand the inhumanity of slavery, and this book is a fantastic book to address this issue. Although this is a horrific tragedy, the book also focuses on the triumphs and joys of freedom. It is a fantastic book for middle and high school audiences.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kenna Heaton on 11-08-16


Incredible story and outstanding narration. I highly recommend this book to everyone. We listened to it as part of our homeschool history class and it was perfect for our study of the Civil War era. The depiction of slavery is painfully realistic but won't be traumatic for young listeners. I am so impressed with the way the author handled this difficult subject matter.

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