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One crack and the walls will shatter.

When you’re the new white kid in an Oklahoma town hemorrhaging with racial and class divisions, accidentally taking the wallet from a dead black man isn’t a simple matter. James embarks on a tortuous journey to navigate tensions in the town while trying to correct the mistake he never should have made. His efforts are hampered by his inability to understand racial prejudice and by those who refuse to let him cross entrenched racial and class barriers. When James’s only friend his age, an African-American girl, is targeted by both the white and the black kids, James is forced to confront the darkness lurking within his own soul.

©2019 James Wadsworth (P)2020 James Wadsworth

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So Fitting for Today - A Must Read

In such a racially charged environment right now this is a fantastic read! My local middle schools have been having the kids read The Outsiders, I really think this is a perfect book to use to bring up racial discrimination and have real discussions about it. The book is so well written and narrated that couldn't put it down and I ended up finishing it in one day. I love how it shows a bit of both sides and really points it's finger at many of the areas that need to be addressed. I am definitely going to have my kids read it too. There is a bit of graphic violence (the worst of it around the discovery of the body) and the use of the n word happened I think once. As a parent I would say 6th grade and up level read, adults will enjoy it too. —I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Very compelling narrative

I listened to the audobook version of this story; I must say I enjoyed both the book and the performance of Benjamin Fife. The book itself addresses some subjects of racism and discrimination from the perspective of someone who is discovering what they are for the first time. I can see this book as a great introductory to such topics.

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Fantastic must read

This is the first book i have read/listened to by this author and I would gladly listen to another. I enjoyed this easy listen, well written book. It is definitely suitable for teens and I think even pre-teens. It gently explains racism through conversations between the main character, a young white boy, and an older black woman. He is suffering bullying from “new kid in town” and sees but does not understand the racism he also witnesses. She is a grandmother, a teacher and was a part of the black rights movement. Her insight gently explains the answers to the questions he poses to her. The racism is not just black against white, but the other way around as well and the bullying is typical and unfortunately both are still so prevalent. This is the sixth book I have listened to by this narrator ( Benjamin Fife ) and I would definitely listen to another. He does a great job giving life to all these characters. He does the kid’s and adult’s (male and female) voices with appropriate expression. His style let me forget I was being read a story. There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing. Fully appropriate for preteens to adult. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review. Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful. Story 5/5 Narration 5/5

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A Great Listen

James has a knack for finding trouble as most 12 year old boys do, but once he moves to Oklahoma, he even surprises himself. Though James believes his brain doesn't function quite right because of his age, at times he's far wiser then a lot of adults around him even though he's made some bad decisions. A well written book, based in 1980 dealing with prejudice: white, black, poor , rich. The characters were very interesting and the story entertained as it taught. An excellent combination of author and narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review.

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An excellent story.

An excellent story of a boy, James, in the 80's, in the south, struggling to fit into a new school. The blacks. The whites. The rich. The poor. Aren't we all the same? He's naive, but learning. Good narration. Good plot and characters. Well told. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Story Origin.

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loved it!

a sweet, and heart-breaking at times, story about a boy how didn't understand the difference between colors. the naive and kind-hearted teenager was a great character. the narrator did a great job as well. I loved this story! I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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EXCELLENT READ!

I really enjoyed it! The narration was great and kept me entertained! The author did an excellent job with the character builds and plot! I look forward to reading more books by this author! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 07-09-20

wonderful and thought provoking

wow what a wonderful and thought provoking audiobook, it really was a fantastic listen xxxxx Thank you to J W Elliot for putting pen to paper and Benjamin Fife for bringing it to life xxxxxxx