©2001 Arvella Whitmore; (P)2007 Penguin Group USA
"A fast-paced tale. Kids will find Jordan's reactions to his suddenly subhuman status affecting and believable." (USA Today)
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!
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The differences between Jordan as a free person and what his life was like living in the wrong century as a slave
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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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