In 1866, Peter Baxter's misfortune ends the day he leaves Badgerys Creek orphanage....
Spanning 13 years from 1940 to 1953 and set against the epic panorama of WWII....
Harriet Jacobs’ autobiography, written under the pseudonym Linda Brent, details her experiences as a slave in North Carolina, her escape to freedom in the north, and her ensuing struggles to free her children....
Lizzie Baker sets off on a trip to Woodstock with her boyfriend and two other couples. When their van breaks down outside of Morganton, North Carolina....
Madu, a young African, is captured by the English slave-trader Sir John Hawkins. Tom Oakley is a young sailor in charge of the slaves. At first, the two boys hate each other....
Jessica Norton is a woman on the run, a sensational lead item on the nightly news, accused of the murders of four of her fellow staffers for a US senator....
The free Black community of Weeksville, Brooklyn becomes home to an unusually small boy and his mother who fled Manhattan during New York's draft riots. When his mother succumbs to her injuries, the boy swears revenge against everyone and everything that contributed to her death. His diminutive size and acrobatic climbing abilities make him a spectacle to behold, while his awkward social habits make him an outcast to everyone in Weeksville, except the adopted family he swears to protect.
When his stepbrother is attacked, the boy becomes embroiled in a battle between the Irish gangs and Whiskey Kings of Irishtown while the corrupt Metropolitan Police sit on the sidelines. The backdrop of the action is the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the racial tensions of the period.
Will the boy survive the ordeals of the day and achieve his dream of being a high-flying tower man on the bridge project? Or will he become another victim of the Irish gangs and never know the joy of standing atop the tallest structure in North America?
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Would you consider the audio edition of A Wave from Mama to be better than the print version?
The audio was fantastic, the many voices were crisp and clear. The audio made the whole story light up.<br/><br/>The narrator had a distinctive voice for each person in the novel. I liked the audio version with the printed book, I used them together. With the audio the book was outstanding.
What did you like best about this story?
Listening to the audio made the characters come to life, and I was in the middle of the story not on the side lines.
Which character – as performed by Antonio Reyes – was your favorite?
I liked the character Moses, he was always helping Venture Simmons out when he got into trouble. I also liked Vent' s girl friend, with the audio I felt there was real love between them.
If you could take any character from A Wave from Mama out to dinner, who would it be and why?
If I could take a character out to dinner it would have to be Vent' s girl friend, she was friendly, a little shy at first but warmed up to others fairly easy.
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed the book and audio, I learn about the building of the Booklyn Bridge, and about the Irish gangs. I also learned how hard the black people had to work to survive after President Lincoln freed them. Oh, yes one more thing the song 'Amazon Grace' was beautiful and was the high light of the Audio.
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