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My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow
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Apr 25, 12

bookshelves: eng-356
Read from April 23 to 25, 2012

Wow... This book is truly eye opening to the filth that went on during the civil rights movement. When I first started this book, I thought it might be a little young more of a tween age. The girl is 13 in the book and it shows. She is mature for her age but she does do 13 year old things. I also thought she was a little stockerish. After thinking about it though, I came to the conclusion that there are deeper meanings to everything she does.

Violence- 3. There are some images of pure hatred toward Ruby Bridges. There is talk of lynching and killing. Also cars being lit up. It is extremely eye opening but disturbing.

Language- 2. There really wasn't any strong language. Mostly just derogatory names towards Negro people. There is a lot of name calling and just hate words.

Drugs/Alcohol- 2. The main character never drinks but her mother is sort of a drunk. Her mother does get drunk once and throw up all over the place but nothing besides that.

Sex- 4. Her mom sleeps around. But there is a rape scene. Be prepared to be a little shocked. It isn't in explicit detail, but enough to make you cringe. There are also other parts of the book where the main character is exposed to naked men.
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