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What the community says about Come Juneteenth
- "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. "
- "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. "
- "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.""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!"
- "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."
- "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.""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.""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."
- "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. "
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