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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: September 2009 ISBN: 9780307583390
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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 set on fire, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kinzie | 10/23/2013

    " I listened to this book this week and the audio version is awesome. It is performed by a full cast and brought me to tears several times. Myers is amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina | 5/25/2013

    " It was a pretty good story. It was all about the Irish/African American riots in New York which was pretty interesting but it was in the form of a play which threw me off... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/7/2013

    " glad to have learned about the NY Draft Riots of 1863 by this historical fiction, but not a fan of the screenplay format and was not convinced by some of the characters. Would have like more character development. However, I'm interested in this author and will eventually get to another title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa N | 5/7/2013

    " Written like a screenplay, it takes place in New York City during the Civil War. I liked it because it gives a different look at the country during the war and really illustrates the racial tension. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 1/22/2013

    " Really disappointing. Still not sure about why he chose to do this in a screenplay format, and much of the language just didn't seem right for 1863. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 11/26/2012

    " I want a book that explored the race riots that took place in New York City during the Civil War. Although this story as good I don't feel like history was portrayed as much as it could have been. None the less this was still a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Gardner | 7/6/2012

    " I really recommend the audio version! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 4/23/2012

    " I did not like the style - like a screenplay. But the book described a race riot during the civil war that I had never heard of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 1/4/2012

    " Not one of my favorite Myers' books. I didn't like the whole "movie" motif to the storytelling, and I thought the story itself was only superficially presented. Disappointed and yet, not enough to search out another book on the topic! Too bad ... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 8/14/2011

    " Good idea, overwrought execution. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany Miller | 3/29/2011

    " Myers chose an interesting historical event to depict; however, the characters were cliched and not very well developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorinda | 3/15/2011

    " This book is set just around the Civil War. I really thought I knew every thing about this time frame but I was wrong. I never knew there was a riot in New York that had to do with the draft. This book open my eyes to something new in our History.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 3/10/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annabella | 2/4/2011

    " It was not bad. It was a very quick and fairly eay read. It shows a much smaller part of the Civil War in New York. It was not my favorite but definately a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/10/2011

    " Written like a screenplay, it takes place in New York City during the Civil War. I liked it because it gives a different look at the country during the war and really illustrates the racial tension. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rodney | 10/28/2010

    " strangely written, more like a movie script than a novel. Very interesting subject matter, would be good to read out loud in a class. pace was pretty good, rating 5 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 10/22/2010

    " I did not like the style - like a screenplay. But the book described a race riot during the civil war that I had never heard of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Mulligan | 10/12/2010

    " Not at all what I expected. You learn something new every day. "

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