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Edgar Allan

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
A white family adopts a small black child and then, because they are fearful of what will happen in their small town, make a terrible decision. "This is not a novel about prejudice or race relations or brotherhood . It is about parents and children, young people and older people, about love and failure, loss and discovery, coming to terms with ourselves and others. "Edgar ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by iUniverse (first published 1968)
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Heather Petrie
Mar 31, 2008 Heather Petrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone...
A family of four. A new member. A different color. Pride. The struggles. The sister. The car. The family. What does this explain? This book was really good...well at least until the ending. It was sweet and touching, but the pride in this book was a little overtaking...and the ending was horrible.
I liked this book a lot because it was an easy read with a strong message. It showed the beauty within peoples hearts and how open minded some people are. Even though there are closed minded peopl ein this world, there are good people as well.
Sep 03, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in Emmeline's classroom. Published in 1968 I wasn't sure if it would be
PC enough for 2008.. well it does have an offensive word that I hate.. but the story is fascinating and leaves a lot of questions unanswered.. great for a discussion group. I have encouraged my 6th grade niece to read it as she has a baby brother adopted from Ethiopia and am curious to know how she feels and reacts to the book- I am anxious for Rachael M. to give her
report as well.. lots of perspectives .
After rereading Lisa Bright and Dark, I decided to investigate the "social causes" other reviewers mentioned. I found Edgar Allen, his first book, which I had also not heard of before, though it is touted on the cover of Lisa Bright and Dark. As it turns out, this book was way ahead of its time, but in today's world would not cause too many ripples. The main characters are actually MN's family who play a role in L B&D as well. It is told from the view point of the 12 year old son, MN's young ...more
Mar 13, 2016 Edy added it
Shelves: fiction
This review was written more than 40 years ago when I was taking a young adult lit class:

How do you explain to a little three year old that, because of the color of his skin, he is no longer to live in a home where he has found happiness and love? Twelve-year-old Michael attempts to explain to EA what has happened in his family which mae it necessary for his minister-father to take the tiny Black boy back to the adoption agency. Michael must come to grips with the crisis that has developed in hi
Debbie Tanner
This book, which was published in 1968, is about a family who brings an African American boy into their white family. The children all have different reactions to the new child in their family and the community is not very supportive of their decision. It would be a good book to talk about how people treated one another before the civil rights movement and how things are different now.
Brandon Campbell
Jun 24, 2010 Brandon Campbell rated it really liked it
I learned from this book not to judge a book by its cover , but in this book and the setting in time people didnt care how good hearted a person was, this book is about a white family who adopted a black child named edgar that learned to love him no matter their conditions, they let the pressures around them and racism get to them and they return this spontanious warm hearted kid
Jun 16, 2013 Leena rated it it was amazing
Amazing, simple, profound little book. A White family adopts a 3yr old African American boy, and faces the bigotry and pressure of their White community. It's the story of their struggles with conviction and courage, and with their own racism. Told from the perspective of the 12 yr old son, this book is a fast but breathtaking read.
Tracey Cruickshank
Oct 07, 2011 Tracey Cruickshank rated it liked it
I was a bit bored in 6th grade science and was checking out the books in that classroom library when i cam across Edgar Allen. I liked it well enough especially since it was told through the eyes of a 12 year old writer. A bit old school but it was written in the 70's after all.
Chantell R
Feb 12, 2011 Chantell R is currently reading it
This book is so great it teaches to not judge a person from just looks. It also teach abiut the struggles of having a black baby in a white family. This book remu=inds me of the blind side.
Meghan Gil
Jun 10, 2013 Meghan Gil rated it it was ok
sad but happy ending story talking about rasicm.

Never jjudge a book by its cover.
same goes to humans, never judge them by te outside! you WILL like this book :)xxx
Jun 06, 2014 Rikke rated it really liked it
Shelves: americana
A short novel with a profound message about racism, family dynamics and the importance of personal integrity and maintaining a congruent self.
May 23, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
This was the first book my mother ever gave me and I still have it and continue to read it.
Arlene Allen
One of my favorite teen authors in the 1970s. He wrote issue books....
Aug 04, 2012 Penelopeb rated it liked it
I'm reading this in school... I'm not the biggest fan...
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