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A Girl Called Boy

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  69 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A pampered young African-American girl finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to the days of slavery.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 13th 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1982)
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I had loved this book growing up. I used to check it out from the library every summer. A few years ago, I bought myself a copy and finally have gotten around to reading it. This is one of my childhood favorites that doesn't quite live up to my memory.

I think that it is a good book for kids and I can see why I loved it when I was one, but now I want more detail. This novel is sort of like an introduction to slavery and what it was like to be a slave. Really good for the 7-10 age group, I think.
Hailey Woerner
Aug 11, 2015 Hailey Woerner rated it really liked it
I loved that this book added a lot of history into it without seeming like a school textbook. The story was exciting, and I found myself drawn deep into the world with "Boy".

Boy is a well-drawn character with no idea what had happened when she discovered a "portal" that took her to the past. Along the way she meets many other characters, all with their own personalities and values--which makes for quite interesting dialogue exchanges.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
I've recommended this book to several students for three reasons: the title is intriguing, the reading level is 7th grade, and the book is obviously African-American lit. I finally decided to read it myself. It's not quite what I expected.

The students really seem to like it but I found it rather bland. There's no real reason for the time travel to occur. Once in the past, Boy really doesn't learn much other than to gain some sympathy for slaves who didn't run away. I didn't see much growth in ch
Feb 09, 2014 Dawn rated it really liked it
I actually yelled at the book when it ended. I sat there and repeated 'No. No. No. No, no, no. No. I liked the book, however it was too short for me.
Nov 12, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing
This is such a great find! A Girl Called Boy tells the story of a young African American who struggles to understand why her family is proud of their ancestors--southern slaves during the era of the Civil War. On a walk through the woods, Boy suddenly finds herself transported back in time with slave catchers on her trail. This historical fiction novel is exactly the type of book I would have loved and still love to read. Even though it seems written for younger students, I would recommend it fo ...more
Apr 26, 2008 Tracy rated it really liked it
A modern girl denounces her family for being slaves because she feels they let it happen, until she is transported back in time and finds herself in her great grandmother's shoes.

I really liked the different emotions and perspectives this book brought, but my kids were confused with the time travel, mistaken identity, and other plot twists.

Used for my highest group during Lit circles. Would recommend for upper grades, but students definately needed support while reading.
Lexi Lexi
Feb 04, 2011 Lexi Lexi rated it did not like it
It's a very sad book and disappointing lite way.
I'm not eager or excited to keep reading it, I have too read a book and plus it's Black history month.
The main character is Boy,she wish she had a real girl name.
She Hates her Name !
Her mother named her boy because it's a family tradition, Boy was her Mother's name so she Named Boy Boy.
Boy's mother treats her as if she's her own personal save.
she has Boy do everything.
Jan 30, 2013 Breona rated it it was amazing
This book took me to a whole 'nother world!!!!' On a real-life adventure!!!!! I felt as if I were really there!!! Every step of the way!!! I LOVED reading this book. After I read it the first time I went back and read it again and again and again. I have a copy in my closet right now. This book is awesome! It had my eyes glued to the pages the whole time.
Mar 25, 2011 Katrina is currently reading it
so far the book is pretty boring. it seems like boy went back in time some how.boys mother makes her do everything and i kinda know how she feels about her mother making her do everything because that's how i feel.
Lisa Mcbroom
Aug 09, 2013 Lisa Mcbroom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bertha O. Yancey (BOY for short) is a spoiled pampered young African American girl. A bump on the head transport her back to the days of slavery and she grows to appreciate her ancestors.
Sep 02, 2012 Alicia rated it liked it
A pampered young African-American girl finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to the days of slavery.
Karyn Wolstenholme
This read was school assigned book but a good one. Based in Belmont, North Carolina.
Disappointing. Though the premise is promising the story does not deliver.
Nov 15, 2008 Bug rated it really liked it
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