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Good Brother, Bad Brother by James Cross Giblin
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Apr 18, 2011

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Read from June 28 to July 04, 2011

RFL 2012 This was interesting. I had always heard that John Wilkes Booth was a famous actor of the time, but I never realized it was a family business or exactly how famous he was. To put the whole thing in perspective consider if Luke Wilson assassinated President Obama. How would Owen Wilson and his family survive and he continue a successful career in acting after a famous younger brother did such a horrible crime? It is definitely written at a young adult level with an easy flow and little vocabulary or historical explanations to clear up little bits that may not be familiar to young adults. Students may find a lot of the theatrical description dry, but as a theater person I enjoyed hearing about the theaters, costumes, reviews, and roles.

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