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Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine
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it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, historical-fiction, high-school, middle-school, pyp-connections

Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine – Historical Fiction, 6th grade and up (I know in some reviews it has 5th grade for the level but the topics are more of a middle school level in my opinion.) Released in October – I felt quite honored to read this book by the powerful Kathryn Erskine who creates touching, thoughtful books. I wasn’t sure what to expect but apprecaited her approach to the perspective of a young adolescent boy whose father recently passed away. Red is a pretty powerful character set in a situation in the 70′s that is wraught in racism, especially in a town that is fighting segregation blatantly and chases those who disagree with their point of view out of town. I appreciate how characters, even the lovely mom, grow through the story, and help focus you in on forgiveness, ignorance, and hope. Just beautiful message of how you can make a difference in the world, even in small steps. I really, really loved reading this. After reading this book, I couldn’t stop thinking, thinking, thinking about it… I really wasn’t up for reading anything else for a while. I would connect this book to A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson. Powerful.
Here are two quotes that I couldn’t stop rereading from Seeing Red:
“That’s when I realized that me and Mama had opposite ways of grieving. She loved Daddy so much that, without him, she was like the shell of a snail that’d lost its living inside part. Like a shell you’d put on your nightstand, sitting there doing nothing until it got covered with Bazooka wrappers and a busted whistle and the baseball cards that aren’t worth putting in the album, and your momma would come in your room and say, “Boys. I just don’t understand them,” and throw it all out, even the shell.”…”
“So everyone just sits there and says nothing? How’s anything ever going to get better?”
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Reading Progress

September 7, 2013 – Started Reading
September 7, 2013 – Shelved
September 22, 2013 – Shelved as: favorites
September 22, 2013 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
September 22, 2013 – Shelved as: high-school
September 22, 2013 – Shelved as: middle-school
September 22, 2013 – Shelved as: pyp-connections
September 22, 2013 – Finished Reading

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