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The Melon Boys is a novel about the South in the summer of 1968. Just as "The Help" is the story of black female domestic workers in the early 1960s, The Melon Boys is the story of black male sharecroppers who were still treated as indentured servants in the late 1960s. This sensitive novel tells the story of a young college student from the North, who travels to the South as an itinerant watermelon packer for a summer, and comes to grips with the true meaning of friendship after he befriends two black coworkers and finds himself in danger more than once. This come-of-age story represents an excellent opportunity for youthful readers, as well as high school and junior high teachers who seek a historical vehicle that brings the Civil Rights Era to life!
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Michael Ottensmeyer has been a writer throughout his lifetime. Having grown up in the Midwest, he lived and worked in Europe for 14 years, and recently settled in Atlanta, Georgia. He writes daily, and has published an earlier edition of The Melon Boys that was targeted to the adult reader. He is also a painter, and focuses his work on farmscapes and pastoral scenes.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1470016230