The winner of my ARC of When the Butterflies Came is . . .
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And now, today's great middle grade book . . .
The premise: In 1898 Wilmington, North Carolina, Moses Thomas and his family are living out the Emancipation Proclamation. Racism still exists, but it's nothing like Boo Nanny (Moses' grandmother) experienced as a slave. But as the summer progresses, racial tensions increase. And although he's still in Wilmington, Moses finds himself in a place he doesn't recognize.
What I loved: The weaving of a historical event (the Wilmington Massacre of 1898) with the spot-on voice of each character. Moses, Moses' mother, Moses' college educated father, and Boo Nanny--Moses' former-slave grandmother. Barbara Wright joins multi-generations in this story and hits the mark with each one.
Happy middle grade reading!