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Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle
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Feb 05, 2010

really liked it
Read from October 25 to November 01, 2011

(Genre:children's fiction/historical) The "Black Duck" was the actual name of a boat that ran liquor (a rum runner) during prohibition in the 1920-1930's along the New England coast. This book is told from the viewpoint of Ruben, a teenager living in a small Rhode Island coastal town during that same time period. As the story unfolds, the author does a great job of letting you see the effects (both positive and negative) of the illegal rum running and how it could impact the lives of so many people. It was a good 3 star adventure story. I gave it an extra star for the author's ability to make the characters so real and their relationships so complicated and messy. It was good writing and I enjoyed it. I did start out listening to this book on CD, but then I switched to reading it since we own a copy. There are 2 time periods going on in the book--the present and the distant past (1928-1930). Ruben is telling his story to a modern day teenager who is supposedly going to write it up for a local newspaper. It was easier for me to keep who was talking (and during what time period) straight while reading it rather than listening to it.

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