Stewart, Elizabeth The Lynching of Louie Sam, 274 pgs. Annick Press, 2012. Language - PG (31 swears, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - PG; Violence - PG;
At first, George is ecstatic to be a part of avenging Mr. Bell's death and being treated like a man. Soon after the initial thrill, though, being in a mob turns out not to be as fun as he thought. Now with doubts plaguing his thought, George digs deeper to discover the truth behind the murder and finds himself in the grey area between right and wrong.
I wasn't too keen about reading a book with death in the title, but it turned out better than I thought. This book illustrates how much of a struggle it is to discover right and wrong for one's self, which is becoming a lost art. I also appreciate the ending because it isn't an unhappy ending, but is didn't make everything magically get better--much like life. The realistic-ness of this book is what makes it a good read.
MS - OPTIONAL. Reviewer: CCH