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The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods
Hardcover
Jan 08, 2019 | 208 Pages
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    Jan 08, 2019 | 208 Pages | Middle Grade (10 and up)

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    Jan 08, 2019 | 208 Pages | Middle Grade (10 and up)

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* “If Opie Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show wrote a book about Mayberry’s racism, the voice would be that of Gabriel Haberlin, the 12-year-old white boy who is saved from near tragedy by Meriwether Hunter, a ‘colored’ man. . . . The author’s use of the word ‘colored’ isn’t gratuitous—the book’s setting is Birdsong, South Carolina, in 1946. The word also sets the tone of the town’s postwar racial references and bigotry. . . . An affecting—and realistic—story. Another stellar outing from the always-solid Woods.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Even readers who have been taught about segregation in the South are likely to deepen their knowledge of the nuanced history through the novel’s handling of how white and African-American veterans were treated differently after WWII. The characters of impressionable Gabriel and Meriwether, whose patience is tried by society’s unfair rules, ring true as the story shows that ‘the world, including Birdsong USA, isn’t always pretty.’”—Publishers Weekly

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