A Matter of Souls (Fiction - Young Adult)

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"From the shores of Africa to the bowels of a transatlantic ship to a voting booth in Mississippi to the jungles of Vietnam, all human connection is a matter of souls.
In this stirring collection of short stories, Denise Lewis Patrick considers the souls of black men and women across centuries and continents. In each, she takes the measure of their dignity, describes their dreams, and catalogs their fears.
Brutality, beauty, laughter, rage, and love all take their turns in each story, but the final impression is of indomitable, luminous, and connected souls."

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Denise Lewis Patrick has written more than twenty books for children. Before writing full-time, she worked in publishing as a staff writer and editor. Denise has been telling stories since she was eight years old. She remembers, as a child, binding her hand-written manuscripts with a needle and thread to create her very own books.

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Gr 7 Up—This collection of short stories examines the African American experience from the years just after the Civil War through the Civil Rights era. There are several stories in this slim volume that are excellent additions to the body of historical fiction focusing on the Black American experience and would be especially welcome for helping to drive interdisciplinary study in upper grades. All of the work is threaded through with spirituality and romance as part of the everyday experience of people, helping to personalize and humanize stories of violence horrific and mundane. However, the selections are uneven in quality, the first four standing out as strong literary pieces and the remaining four offering diminishing returns until the final story, the only one not told from a black perspective, which ends the collection on a maudlin note. This would be a great book to introduce to a teacher to diversify classroom reading, but because it does not hang together as a cohesive whole, it would be less of a resource for students on the open shelves.—L. Lee Butler, Stoughton High School, MA

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