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The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Cap'n Buck, the antagonist of this story, was the most despicable, amoral, ignorant character that I have ever come across in a middle grade book. The saddest part is that he is representative of real slave-catchers who were just as brutal, if not more so.
I listened to the audio book (which helped with the dialect) and at times I had to stop listening because the events were so upsetting.
The second half of the book was a bit easier to handle than the first half, especially as Charlie begins to think for himself and to question his role in the Cap'n's mission.
Part of the book takes place in Canada and I enjoyed learning how progressive Canada was in the pre-Civil War period. Little Charlie's innocent reactions to the Canadian way of life were endearing.
This was a very tough read, but rewarding.
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Reading Progress

February 7, 2018 – Shelved
February 7, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
May 3, 2018 – Started Reading
May 7, 2018 – Finished Reading

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