47 is the first young adult novel to be written by bestselling author Walter Mosley. A master storyteller, Mosley deftly mixes speculative and historical fiction in this daring novel. Set in a plantation, 47 (a young slave boy) is growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal slave master. His life seems doomed, until he meets the mysterious Tall John who not only introduces him to an unimaginable magical science but teaches 47 the meaning of freedom.
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WALTER MOSLEY is the author of the bestsellers Bad Boy Brawly Brown, and Fear Itself; the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries; and other works of fiction and non-fiction. He is the recipient of a Grammy Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and many other honors. He was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York.From AudioFile:
"Neither a master nor nigger be," Tall John admonishes "47" early and often in this young adult novel, which is part mystery, part historical fiction, and part science fiction. In one of his final performances, the late, great Ossie Davis has left us with a treasured gift. He becomes "47," a fourteen-year-old slave on the Corinthian Plantation in the year 1832. Davis's wonderful gravelly voice lends a touch of realism to this surreal story. The novel, Mosley's first for young adults, has enough complex layers to keep adults involved. Listen as a family--the story may inspire some interesting discussions on freedom and the dynamics of the master/slave relationship. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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