The Journey of Little Charlie

The Journey of Little Charlie

eBook - 2018
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When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap'n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781338164008
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
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Aug 24, 2019

The audiobook of this book is really good. I have a hard time reading a heavy accent, but that heavy accent was great for listening to Charlie tell his story.

Jan 12, 2019

This story about a boy who gets "enlisted" to find and return runaway slaves feels like a book that every young person should read. The illiterate narrative of Little Charlie Bobo tried to scare me off at first, but within a few pages, I found the rhythm comfortable and the voice engaging, and soon enough I was at a place where the book wouldn't have felt anywhere near as authentic as it could be if the narrative hadn't been exactly what it was. There is a scene (that I won't spoil) that is sheer perfection from beginning to end, and the message of "we are more alike than we are different" is so subtly, beautifully illustrated it made me want to get up out of my comfy chair and cheer. This one will get (and deserve) lots of talk. Recommend!

Jan 04, 2019

I got the feeling that the author thought his writing in the style of an uneducated, young Southern boy would heighten his critics evaluation of the book. It didn't detract, but it didn't hide his average ability. I, personally, had to stop reading because it is hard for me to read about evil people and the cruel mistreatment of others.

JCLAllisonD Dec 21, 2018

Little Charlie Bobo is character not soon forgotten. Author Christopher Paul Curtis has once again delivered a story full of drama, historically significant events, action, and just a tad bit of well-timed humor. Because of the vivid descriptions of inhumane violence, this book is probably best for fifth grade and up. Also, the dialect can make for a difficult read, so be sure and check out the audio book if it's a little daunting. The narrator does an outstanding job.

Dec 13, 2018

I hated it because it made me want to scream in anger and cry at the same time but it's power can't be denied as many great works of literature can't be denied. Take care with this one I have read many books related to slavery but this one cuts in deep. It is a book that will take a long time to process and force you to examine and confront your humanity and weakness. It is in the J section but I would read it or listen to it before handing it to my child just to be prepared for conversations they may need to have and emotional support they may need.

vpl_childrens Dec 12, 2018

An adventurous and challenging read from the preeminent author of historical fiction for children. Charlie Bobo is forced to ride along with a hardened slave catcher, headed north to retrieve three runaway slaves, eventually landing in Canada. The title refers not only to his physical journey, but also to his emotional awakening as Charlie comes to realize the inhumanity of slave owning. A note to readers that Curtis does not shirk from graphic descriptions of violent slave practices and racism, all of which contribute to the realistic atmosphere of this historical novel


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