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Slave Day by Rob Thomas
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Nov 10, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: teen-young-adult, united-states, school, cultural-identity

Fast-paced trip through the perspective of eight narrators--seven students and a teacher--through the supposedly benign tradition of "Slave Day," a fundraiser at a public school in the South. A protester of the entire concept winds up "buying" the student council president to make his point; a girlfriend "purchased" by her boyfriend gets insights into their everyday dynamics; tired and bitter "Mr. History" is chosen by an aspiring actor (and flunking student)...

The book shows its 1990s publishing date through the technology shown, yet ultimately feels (sadly) like it could take place today without much adjustment in social attitudes around matters of race and gender.

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