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Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli
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Aug 01, 2011

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Age of Readership:

12 years and up

Genre:

historical fiction

Diversity:

cultural; race relations at the turn of the century (1899)

Personal response:

It was an enjoyable story, and quite enlightening. Many people do not think about the other minority cultures in this time period, as the majority of history covers the race relations between blacks and whites. I thought some of the narrative was unnecessarily visceral. I didn't need to know the details of what happened to the dog when it got caught by the alligator, that sort of thing. Essentially, this seemed the least like a young adult novel of all the ones I've read, even more so than the memoir of a Holocaust survivor.

Curricular and programming connections:

Any kind of program involving the history of post Civil War society and race relations, etc, would do well to include this book. It's an excellent representation of that time.
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