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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (363 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Dean Myers Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As the Civil War rages, another battle breaks out behind the lines.

During a long hot July in 1863, the worst race riots the United States has ever seen erupt in New York City. Earlier that year, desperate for more Union soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln instituted a draft—a draft that would allow the wealthy to escape serving in the army by paying a $300 waiver, more than a year’s income for the recent immigrant Irish. And on July 11, as the first drawing takes place in Lower Manhattan, the city of New York explodes in rage and fire. Stores are looted; buildings, including the Colored Foundling Home, are burned down; and black Americans are attacked, beaten, and murdered. The police cannot hold out against the rioters, and finally, battle-hardened soldiers are ordered back from the fields of Gettysburg to put down the insurrection, which they do—brutally.

Fifteen-year-old Claire, the beloved daughter of a black father and Irish mother, finds herself torn between the two warring sides. Faced with the breakdown of the city—the home—she has loved, Claire must discover the strength and resilience to address the new world in which she finds herself, and to begin the hard journey of remaking herself and her identity.

Addressing such issues as race, bigotry, and class head-on, Walter Dean Myers has written another stirring and exciting novel that will shake up assumptions, and lift the spirit.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aimee | 2/10/2014

    " the book would have received a one from me, except the author's note at the end was fabulous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/3/2014

    " I have always enjoyed studying the Civil War and this piece of historical fiction enhanced my knowledge of history during that era. It told of the riots in New York City that occurred in response to the Irish learning about the draft. I would recommend to my students that they read the author's note, included at the end of the book, first. I went it to the book with no background knowledge of the riots. The author's note gave the background that I wish I had before I started reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maresa | 12/26/2013

    " It's written in play format so kind of hard to read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mandy Gailey | 10/29/2013

    " This book was good-I found it a great way to show how a family and society crisis can affect people in the positive. I thought it was a great way of showing how we can make the best out of what is going on around us-even if it is war and bloodshed. "

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