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Day of Tears by Julius Lester
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Jan 24, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from January 24 to 26, 2011

Heartfelt, tragic, eye-opening, and fast paced. Day of Tears, by Julius Lester, is a beautifully written story about an incredibly ugly time in American History. The story is written through the perspective of all the characters, mainly Emma the main link between most of the characters. Lester does this in such an effective way that there is no confusion when switching characters, but instead it builds more interest and understanding for the reader.

Through switching characters, the reader will learn about the story of many slaves and slave owners during the years of slavery in the South. The reader will see how hard life was hard for both white and black people. The true ugliness of people is shown; but it is balanced with the true love between the two races. The reader will also see the causes and effects of the choices that people make in life.

Due to content and language in this book, I would say that this book is appropriate for high school to adult readers. There was language used that felt very offensive. Even when deep within its pages, there were moments of abrupt language.

The book will leave your cheeks glistening at the end. It is worth reading!
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