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A Stranger in the Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher
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Apr 01, 2010

really liked it
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Read from March 05 to 14, 2011

Kingdom County, Vermont, 1952, is its own world. Jim Kinneson is just turning 13 and big changes come to his life when a black minister and his son come to town. They are the only black people to live in the Kingdom in decades and they are treated with racism by some but generally accepted. However, when a troubled young girl who had been staying with the minister is found murdered, the minister is arrested and charged. Jim's brother, Charlie, takes the case of defending the minister but has a rough time finding who else might have killed her. This novel is filled with interesting characters and historical stories. It starts slow as you get to know Jim, his family, the people of Kingdom, and the beautiful land but the story is engrossing.
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