Saturday, August 15, 2009

Black Storm Comin' by Diane Lee Wilson

"On the morning of September 16, 1860, my pa shot me."

And so begins the story of 12 year old Colton Westcott, son of a white man and a black woman. Colton is left to care for his family after his father accidentally shoots him, then runs off in horror. Without his white father, the fellow covered wagon travelers heading west eventually abandoned Colton, his mother, his two sisters and new baby brother. Wilson's story weaves in historical facts as well as the difficulties of being a mixed race child in America.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech is a story within a story - the story of grandparents and narrator Sal on a road trip to visit her mom for her birthday, as well as Sal's telling of her friend Phoebe's story. It's a story of two girls, two mothers, mysteries, humor and heartbreak.

Creech is an expert at capturing her character's unique voices - but in this novel, what's more alluring is the web that this story takes.

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