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A Nation's Hope by Matt de la Pena
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really liked it

Another nice book with illustrations by Kadir Nelson. I learned something from it. I didn't know a ton about Joe Louis, but it was great!!

The only reason I can't give it the full 5 stars because it is just a touch just a smidgen... a little too black. As a white person, sure I would say "Of course it is a little too black because you are white" but what I mean is it puts whites down just a tad and for it to be the perfect book it would need a little more balanced. Race is a touchy subject but the 2nd to last page of the book makes me think this way "White men hugging black and black men hugging back" It makes me think that it was an incredible/unimaginable thing thing that white men would hug a black man and that the black man would "dare" hug the white man back like it was unthinkable. Yes with all the Jim Crow laws and stuff like I get the racial tension, but it seems like those pesky white people lowered themselves from their pedestal and allowed themselves to embrace those of a different race

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August 20, 2014 – Shelved
August 20, 2014 – Finished Reading

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