Reviewer: Maggie (Grade 9)
Author: Hillary Jordan
Setting(Time): End of World War II
Setting (Place): Farm in Mississippi
Protagonist(s): Laura McAllan, Henry McAllan, Jamie McAllan, Ronsel Jackson, Hap Jackson, Florence Jackson
Antagonist(s): Pappy McAllan
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
I rate this book 4 stars because the plot was great and I love reading realistic fiction and I feel like this book embodies that genre. I also feel as though the message in the book is great since it is about racism.
This story takes place in Mississippi after World War II. The book gives many points of view for two families. One being the land owners, Henry, Laura and Jamie McAllan. The other side was the African American worker Ronsel, Hap and Florence Jackson. The book tells the story between these two family relations while giving an important message about the affects of racism. The book starts off with a women named Laura who thought nobody would ever marry her. That is before she meets Henry McAllan. They get married and have two beautiful children. Along the way she meets Henry’s cunning brother Jamie. Later in the book, the McAllan family move to a farm and live out Henry’s dream even though Laura isn’t too pleased. They have workers like the Jackson family. When these two familes clash, bad things occur thanks to the prejudice actions of Pappy McAllan, Henry’s racist father. When Pappy encounters his son Jamie hanging around a black man, he get’s angry and takes it out on both his son and Ronsel.
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