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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library J RHO (Text) 33500013215363 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J RHO (Text) 33500013215371 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316493802
  • ISBN: 0316493805
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2020]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12. Little, Brown and Company.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #1
    *Starred Review* A profound treatise about institutional racism for the middle-grade set, Rhodes' (Ghost Boys, 2018) latest elevates beyond simple moralizing into a penetrating look into the soul of a young person struggling with how to become a Black man of character in a world that expects him to be less. Dropping the reader directly into a tony prep-school office where Donte anxiously awaits judgement for an offense he did not commit, Rhodes dials readers immediately into the boy's acute dread as he cycles through feelings of shame, anger, and confusion, ultimately leading to a nonconfrontation that causes him to be arrested. As we learn more about Donte and his biracial family, including his lighter-skinned brother, we come to root for him and his pursuit of redemption as he seeks to prove his self-worth to his bullies and his school community through fencing. His coach, one of the first Black Olympic fencers, helps him refine his talent and his ability to deal with the inequities he experiences on a regular basis. An entertaining story and happy ending does not take away from this powerful examination of how the educational and justice systems punitively treat children of color—and how this bias impacts their self-perception and esteem. A powerful work and a must-have for children's collections. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor, Sugar, winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the New York Times-bestselling Ghost Boys. She has also written many award-winning novels for adults. When she's not writing, Jewell visits schools to talk about her books and teaches writing at Arizona State University.


Subject: Fencing > Juvenile fiction.
African Americans > Juvenile fiction.
Fencing > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Racism > Fiction.
Preparatory schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Family life > Massachusetts > Fiction.
Massachusetts > Fiction.
African Americans.
Fencing.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.

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