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Witness by Karen Hesse
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Nov 20, 11

bookshelves: fiction, gr-8-10, gr-5-8, poetry, young-adult-lit, realistic, tween-lit
Read in November, 2011

Another example of narrative voices emerging through poetry. Multiple characters deal with life in Vermont during the rise of the KKK. Various opinions and ideas surrounding the organization and what they stand for. Some characters are led to believe that it is a pure and Christian group while others see it as corrupt and evil. Discusses the various ways that the KKK interacted with groups and people that it didn’t like. Brings into focus that the group was not only against African Americans but also against Jews and people that they felt to be morally wrong. Shifts in ideologies over the course of the book and reveals what is not expressed aloud though moving in narrative voice. Range of characters from a six year old Jewish girl to a sixty year old doctor. Cast of characters given in the beginning of the novel and four “acts.” A interesting and frighteningly insightful look at the power of believe and prejudice.
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