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The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
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it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction-2018, middle-grade-2018, multi-cultural-2018, read-2018

A white sharecropper's son, Little Charlie Bobo, finds himself caught on a mission to pay a debt to the plantation owner on whose land his family farms. He's already known as a smart and sensitive boy through earlier scenes, so the tension mounts as Charlie becomes more and more entangled in the overseer, Cap'n Jack's scheme to catch a family of escaped slaves. The story deepens as Charlie, who tells the story, reveals more and more how much he hates what is happening, but feels trapped. Christopher Paul Curtis tells still another story of slaves escaped and free and their passion to keep their children free. The story, told during a two-month period in 1858, is based on a true story about the time of the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850 and involves those across the border in Canada who come to any black person's aid when fleeing. It's told in the southern dialect of the time and uses some offensive words like 'darkie', though authentic. Though a book full of tense scenes, Curtis knows how also to give some relief. There are some endearing and humorous times, too. Charlie is a character that will be remembered, and students can benefit from good conversations about the story.
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Reading Progress

July 23, 2018 – Started Reading
July 23, 2018 – Shelved
July 27, 2018 –
page 68
July 27, 2018 – Finished Reading
July 28, 2018 –
page 156
July 30, 2018 – Shelved as: historical-fiction-2018
July 30, 2018 – Shelved as: middle-grade-2018
July 30, 2018 – Shelved as: multi-cultural-2018
July 30, 2018 – Shelved as: read-2018

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