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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Abbott Narrator: Kevin R. Free, Brian Schreier, Robin Mile Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bobby and his family are visiting Civil War battlefields on the eve of the war’s centenary, while inside their car, quiet battles rage. When an accident cuts their trip short, they return home on a bus and witness an incident that threatens to deny a black family seats. What they don’t know is the reason for the family’s desperation to be on that bus: a few towns away, their child is missing.

Lunch-Box Dream presents Jim Crow, racism, and segregation from multiple perspectives. In this story of witnessing without understanding, a naïvely prejudiced boy, in brief flashes of insight, starts to identify and question his assumptions about race.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully crafted and written.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Abbott’s true-to-life descriptions and complicated story lines set in the volatile, pre-Civil Rights era will leave readers with much to think about and discuss when considering race relations in our country’s history.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lou Broughton | 2/14/2014

    " Confusing - I'm glad the author included the key of characters at the beginning of the book because I found myself using it often. I think a 5th grader (even a strong reader) would have a difficult time following and understanding the 2 woven storylines. I will probably not be recommending this book to my students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carrie | 2/1/2014

    " I only wish Abbott would have gone into a little more detail near the end of the book when both families came together on the bus. There were several climactic events at this time and not enough concrete detail to help me understand fully. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by David Fox | 1/16/2014

    " I wasn't exactly invested in it while reading, but I wasn't exactly impressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Becky | 1/14/2014

    " I am reading this book by audio CD. "

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