Come Juneteenth

Come Juneteenth

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Come Juneteenth is a book by Ann Rinaldi that tells the story of Sis Goose. She is a slave that was loved dearly by the family she serves, but she will discover a secret that will ruin her relationship with the family.  
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  • Cecilia Monroy
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The slave became a member of the family who owned her. She was unaware that for two years she could be free because they didn't tell her so she felt betrayed and ran away with a tragic ending."
  • Walter Ortega
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Rinaldi has taken Juneteenth, the "official" date in June 1865 when Texas slaves were told they were free, and built an interesting story around it. As with most things in life, there weren't cut and dried solutions, and Sis Goose's reaction to her "family's" decision to keep her in the dark brings about changes she could not have foreseen. Told from Luli's point of view, we see her placed between a rock and a hard place, loving and missing the sister she's always known and yet understanding the heartbroken anger Sis Goose unleashes. Luli must make hard choices herself as she sees her father dying and the Yankees settle into her once grand home. The twist at the end is truly shocking, and Rinaldi does a fine job of reeling the reader into this web of lies. This is a truly intriguing book, so much more than straight historical fiction. The biggest problem I had with it is the "luck" factor; at times things seemed to happen a little too conveniently, especially as Gabe and Luli track down the missing Sis Goose. And while I understood the nickname given to Sis Goose, I never liked it and found it distracting, as though it was almost a deliberate reminder that this vibrant young woman really was a slave. I also questioned Luli's recovery after the devastation that came; I just don't think it was played out realistically. However, Rinaldi's story and the characters themselves redeem any minor problems I have with this fine novel, and I can heartily recommend it to anyone of any age who enjoys excellent historical fiction. "
    Abhinav Jayaraman
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I don't enjoy books from this era of history. Not far enough back to be interesting, not modern enough to be interesting. Drama books also are not my forte, give me some action."
  • Jesse Mendoza
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is a small subset of history that is not touched upon that much. It is about what happened with slaves after the freedom. The main character is lovable and treated well but still a salve, the polt is her not knowing that she is free. Goes over some deep issues at the time and is very readable. Some parts make the slave owner seem too good,which is hard to read at parts, ut overall it Brings home a point that slavery is salvery no matter what. "
    Mildred Reid
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a terrific solution for my query. Although it focuses on events that explicitly happened after the war, it is still grounded within the era, and is appropriate for grades 5-7. This is a good solution."
  • Christina Meng
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is an incredible story about family and betrayal. Though historical fiction, it is not boring or bland. Instead, I was captivated from start to finish - and surprise to learned about actual historical events that I was ignorant about (i.e. Juneteenth). I followed the character from a low to a high to a low, all feeling like it was part of the natural human experience."
    Ann Mills
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "My daughter is getting into those sappy teen books, so I was looking for a young adult book that was a real tear jerker. This one turned out to be perfect. She loved it so much!"
    Vicky Duan
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Something says it is rated for grades 5 to 7, so I am not sure this would qualify for young adult. The topic, though, is sure to evoke some emotion."
  • Sharon Alvarez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I had to read this for class and let me tell you... it's so boring and slow i barely remember what i even read. if it wasn't for my class i would have never read this and would not recommend you waste your time either."
  • Gloria Wood
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is an interesting work of historical fiction, and a good read for the Young Adult genre. If the plot sounds interesting to you, I'd recommend it. However, if you're looking for the best in stories about African-Americans, there are a lot of others out there I'd suggest first."
  • José Antonio Camacho
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a good read about a young girl facing a moral question. What do you do when you know a secret that is hurting others, but you have sworn to keep secret to those closest to you? Although a work of fiction, the scenario is very plausible and realistic. Dealing with issues of slavery and truth, the book make me pose the question of how i would react in a similar situation. A very intriguing read."
    Judy Little
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I read, re-read, and plan to keep Come Juneteenth on my shelf. I think the story is one that anyone can relate to -- with being naive in the world. I would say the Come Juneteenth is the best short young-adult novel."
    Peter Ryan
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A tale of how terrible people can be shines through. By not informing the slaves of their freedom, they illegally shackle them. Great book for life lessons for young adults."
    Andrew Richardson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "It does not convince me much."
  • Peter Pierce
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Recently I've been searching for an appropriate yet challenging read for my teenage child. I am a history professor and the idea of teaching a controversial subject in a format that allows my child to be engaged with the material is fantastic! A novel like this is a great way to get kids interested in history while at the same time keeping them entertained. "
    Kathy Woods
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "It is realistic in that it is about slavery but that is as far as realism goes. I was disappointed to find that the author revises history and makes it more of a fantasy. I recommend looking elsewhere for realistic novels."
  • Shreyas Powar
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Yes this laptop is a computer Yes you can play games on it No it doesn't have a dedicated graphics card so I'm not sure how they are marketing this as a gaming machine"
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