The summer of 1898 is filled with ups and downs for 11-year-old Moses. He's growing apart from his best friend, his superstitious Boo-Nanny butts heads constantly with his pragmatic, educated father, and his mother is reeling from the discovery of a family secret. Yet there are good times, too. He's teaching his grandmother how to read. For the first time she's sharing stories about her life as a slave. And his father and his friends are finally getting the respect and positions of power they've earned in the Wilmington, North Carolina, community. But not everyone is happy with the political changes at play and some will do anything, including a violent plot against the government, to maintain the status quo.
One generation away from slavery, a thriving African American community?enfranchised and emancipated?suddenly and violently loses its freedom in turn of the century North Carolina when a group of local politicians stages the only successful coup d'etat in US history.
From the Hardcover edition.
In 1898, Wilmington, North Carolina, experienced a government take-over by a vicious gang of white supremacists just a generation after Reconstruction. In this historical middle grade novel told through the experiences of 11-year-old Moses, readers will get a personal view into the harrowing event and its aftermath. Living with his superstitious grandma, Boo Nanny, and his parents, Moses looks up to his father, a Howard University-educated reporter for a Negro paper. But when is father is arrested by a gang, Moses becomes deeply enmeshed in something darkly dangerous.
- Juvenile Fiction
- People + Places / United States / African-American, Historical / United States / 19th Century, Social Issues / Prejudice + Racism, General
- 9-12 years
- March 12, 2013
- March 12, 2013
- Barbara Wright