Yvette Moore Freedom Songs

ISBN 13: 9780780714014

Freedom Songs

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9780780714014: Freedom Songs

In the sixties, when Sheryl's Uncle Pete joins the Freedom Riders down South, she organizes a gospel concert in Brooklyn to help him.

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Yvette Moore was the author of Freedom Songs.

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Grade 7-12-- This historical novel that opens on Good Friday morning in 1963 is the story of the impact of the beginnings of the civil rights movement on a Brooklyn teenager with family roots in the South. When Sheryl and her family head to North Carolina for Easter weekend, readers are plunged headlong into country living with outhouses and scary dogs at the neighbors' as well as a foot-washing church service, country picnics, and over and over the force of the Jim Crow laws that both infuriate and humiliate Sheryl. The topic of the freedom riders is introduced as young Uncle Pete is dedicated to the movement, and the whole family reacts. On Sheryl's return to her segregated northern community, she shares with her friends her concern and desire to support the movement with a fundraiser. Much of the story centers on how the kids struggle to achieve their goal and how that struggle changes them. The narrative resonates with the details and emotions of the times. The fear and anguish of the relatives and observers of those in the front lines are balanced by the lighthearted gossip and trivial pursuits of teenagers far from the reality. The book is uneven, however, and the narrator's voice is often not that of a 14-year-old. Moore includes far too many characters, and there is other evidence that this is a first novel and that the author's pacing and plot are not yet up to her vivid language and convincing ability to take readers to a crucial time in our history. --Carol A. Edwards, Buckham Memorial Library, Faribault, MN
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