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Trapped between the Lash and the Gun: A Boy's Journey | [Arvella Whitmore]

Trapped between the Lash and the Gun: A Boy's Journey

Jordan is going to join a gang. But just as he's about to start his future with the Cobras, his past calls him back. Way back: to the 19th-century, where he meets his ancestors and gets a bitter taste of what life was like for them as slaves. Jordan must live with the constant threat of the whip's lash. His journey back in time will strike a chord with any young person who has felt trapped by hard times and difficult choices.
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Publisher's Summary

Jordan is going to join a gang. But just as he's about to start his future with the Cobras, his past calls him back. Way back: to the 19th-century, where he meets his ancestors and gets a bitter taste of what life was like for them as slaves. Jordan must live with the constant threat of the whip's lash. His journey back in time will strike a chord with any young person who has felt trapped by hard times and difficult choices.

©2001 Arvella Whitmore; (P)2007 Penguin Group USA

What the Critics Say

"A fast-paced tale. Kids will find Jordan's reactions to his suddenly subhuman status affecting and believable." (USA Today)

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    Joy Reno, NV, USA 04-24-08
    Joy Reno, NV, USA 04-24-08
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    As a middle school language arts teacher I appreciate this book because it has been captivating for my tween readers. The story combines a current day and an historical theme (street gang and slavery), which grabs young readers and carries them through a believable journey. Everyday my students groan when we have to stop at the end of a chapter, then show up the next day grabbing the books off the shelf. When I see them going for a novelin this way, that's my que it's a keeper!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Mitchell Washington, DC 08-16-12
    C. Mitchell Washington, DC 08-16-12 Member Since 2008

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    Where does Trapped between the Lash and the Gun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trapped between the Lash and the Gun?

    The differences between Jordan as a free person and what his life was like living in the wrong century as a slave


    Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

    Uriah


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed and Cried!


    Any additional comments?

    I stumbled across this book when searching for other novels narrated by Allyson Johnson. At first, I hesitated because after reading the publisher’s summary about a young boy named Jordan joining a gang, I was not interested in the story line. When I discovered that young Jordan would be going back in time to discover the history of his ancestors, it captured my attention.

    I am happy to say that I was NOT disappointed. Arvella Whitmore did an excellent job entertaining me with this delightful story. This story is one that could be helpful to youngsters willing to listen.

    The story definitely helps one appreciate how you do not know how much you fail to appreciate something until you lose it. Young Jordan certainly learned this valuable lesson, especially after learning about the life of his ancestors.

    Thumbs up to this book! You will not be disappointed. It is well worth the listen.

    Allyson Johnson did a wonderful job, narrating!!!! She breathed life into the story just as I knew she would.

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