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The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou

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A fourteen-year-old girl tries to reconcile her dreams and hopes for the future with the harsh and often unpleasant realities of life in the African American section of town.
Published June 1970 by Avon Books (first published 1968)
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Cherese A. Vines
I liked this book. Although it did not have the emotional pull that I expected, it was a good story about a time that seems so distant but isn't. The characters encounter the problems of a generation caught between being Negroes and the new horizon of embracing pride for being Afro-Americans. It shows the struggle of a generation striving for more than their parents had in education, lifestyle, etc. while having those same parents telling them not to aspire for more and be satisfied where they a ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louretta Hawkins is being torn between two ways of life: violence and peace. Growing up in a Northern Black ghetto is not easy for a gentle human being like Lou. She sees herself as the only hope the gang has; she believes in them. The leader of the gang, Fess, is a revolutionary who is seeking attention. Lou knows that unless she find some way of directing this tide of anger only more hardships and violence for the Blacks can result. The novel develops rapidly to the turning point. The novel ac ...more
Elizabeth Gibbs
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Set in a poor black community, Lou's older brother and man of the house opens a printing press. His (William's) sister Lou and some neighborhood boys use the building for a clubhouse. A dance brings the cops and a political battle ensues when one of the kids is shot. Some of the choices that Lou made given her circumstances and the way she lived were eye-opening.
This was on the reading list for incoming 7th graders at my school. I think it was the first book I read about a black family.
Candy Bonneville
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book around 1970, in around 5th grade, and then read it at least once a year. I can't wait to get my own copy.
Tammy Knowles
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou, by Loretta Hawkins is a book about a smart 14 year old girl name Loretta Hawkins that tries so hard to fit in. She doesn't feel like she belongs because no one will accept her because of her lighter skin tone This story tells about how the younger strive so hard to have more than your parents had when they were growing up. Loretta must chose to fight her way to become friends with the rough side in order to survive or try her best to motivate other to make bette ...more
Jul 04, 2018 added it
Reading all these current books about police shootings reminded me of this one. It was written nearly 50 years ago and I read it a lot of times as a teenager and even recommended it to friends to read. A friend told me after she read it her mom read it.

I even read the sequel. I would recommend the book today but it’s hard to find.
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