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Day of tears : a novel in dialogue / Julius Lester.

By: Lester, Julius.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2005Edition: 1st ed.Description: 177 p. ; 20 cm.ISBN: 0786804904 (reinforced) :; 9780786804900 (reinforced) :.Subject(s): Slavery -- Juvenile fiction | African Americans -- Juvenile fictionAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Day of tears.DDC classification: [Fic]
Contents:
Slaves on master Butler's plantation -- Slaves on mistress Henfield's plantation -- The Butler family -- The Henfield family -- Slave owners and businessmen -- Later generations.
Awards: A Junior Library Guild selection. | Coretta Scott King Award, author, 2006. | Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2006.Summary: Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma.
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CML Adolescent Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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"Jump at the sun."

Includes bibliographical references (p. 177).

Slaves on master Butler's plantation -- Slaves on mistress Henfield's plantation -- The Butler family -- The Henfield family -- Slave owners and businessmen -- Later generations.

Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma.

A Junior Library Guild selection.

Coretta Scott King Award, author, 2006.

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2006.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Julius Lester's moving historical novel (Jump at the Sun, 2005) becomes a magnificent tapestry when performed in this full-cast recording. Based upon actual historical characters Pierce Butler and his ex-wife Fanny Kemble, the story begins during "The Weeping Time," the largest slave auction that was held in Georgia in 1859. In a rain "as hard as regret," that infamous event saw hundreds of families, marriages, and lovers torn apart as slave owner and plantation master Pierce Butler sold hundreds of slaves to pay off his gambling debts. "This ain't rain. This is God's tears" one slave intones as the auction begins. Lester's lyrical dialogue performed by different voices creates a powerful statement on the blinding injustice and cruelty of slavery. Narrator Dion Graham exudes a quiet intensity as slaves, owners, abolitionists, and children of slave and slave-master families tell their stories. Listeners will absorb the aching reality of slave life and get a sense of the monumental injustice of many lives sacrificed to support a way of life for a privileged few. Lester's literary device of using interludes in which characters reflect on their lives since the auction adds dimension and substance to this outstanding production. Children may be jarred by the frequent use of the word "nigger." Used in this historical context, the language helps to illustrate how people perceived African Americans. For older listeners, sections of the novel could be used for reader's theater.-Celeste Steward, Alameda County Library, Fremont, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Julius Bernard Lester was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 27, 1939. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Fisk University in 1960. He moved to New York to become a folk singer. He performed on the coffeehouse circuit as a singer and guitarist. He released two albums entitled Julius Lester in 1965 and Departures in 1967. His first published book, The Folksinger's Guide to the 12-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly written with Pete Seeger, was published in 1965. <p> In the 1960s, Lester was closely involved as a writer and photographer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He traveled to the South to document the civil rights movement and to North Vietnam to photograph the effects of American bombardment. He also hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City. <p> He wrote more than four dozen nonfiction and fiction books for adults and children. His books for adults included Look Out, Whitey!: Black Power's Gon' Get Your Mama, Revolutionary Notes, All Is Well, Lovesong: Becoming a Jew, and The Autobiography of God. His children's books included To Be a Slave, Sam and the Tigers, and Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, which won the American Library Association's Coretta Scott King Award in 2006. He also wrote reviews and essays for numerous publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, Dissent, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. <p> After teaching for two years at the New School for Social Research in New York, Lester joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1971. He originally taught in the Afro-American studies department, but transferred to the Judaic and Near Eastern studies department when Lester criticized the novelist James Baldwin for what he felt were anti-Semitic remarks. He died from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on January 18, 2018 at the age of 78. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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