|This is one we both liked!|
The Clock of Life would be a good one to read this week because it is a good historical coming of age novel that shows the racial tensions of the south. The boy, Jason Lee, learns about his dad's bravery and courage to do the right thing bit by bit. His dad died in the Vietnam war before he was born but is eager to learn all about him. Jason Lee finds his dad's journal one day mixed in with a bunch of old books given to him by a friend of his dad's. The journal relates the dad's experience in participating in the 1963 march even though he was white!
Here's a teaser from the book:
"It's a tough thing to do in these parts, but you be friends with anyone you want, Jason Lee. Don't let nobody tell you different, you hear?" Her tone sounded like a scolding.From page 8 of The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren.
"Your daddy got himself forty-seven stitches across the back of his shoulder. And they threw him in jail to boot, just so you and boys like Samson could be friends."
We are offering this first to my friends and blogging buddies (that's you!) before releasing this book "into the wild." Just let me know if you would like to have it. It's too good to just sit in our bookcase--it needs to be read!