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A Wish After Midnight Paperback – February 16, 2010
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15 yr old Genna lives in a one bedroom apartment with her mother and three siblings. Her mother struggles to make enough money so the family can move to a better neighborhood. Genna does her part by staying out of trouble, getting good grades, looking after younger brother, Tyjuan. She finds solace in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Genna befriends another Garden regular Mr. Christiansen an older white man. Mr Christiansen seemed like a nice man at first I couldn't understand why his appearance was so short. Then I remembered this isn't a book about a troubled black girl who needs a nice old white man to teach her importance of dreaming. I believe Elliott includes this character, hoping the reader will learn from Genna to judge individuals on their merits not their race, gender or other things they can't control.
Genna is not poisoned by her mother's hatred of white people.
"I don't want to think like Mama. I try not to lump Hannah and all white people together cause that's exactly what I don't want people doing to me. I want people to accept me for who I am with my own ways, and my own ideas and my own future that's separate from everything else going on. Separate from Rico dealing drugs and Toshi acting fast and Papi walking out on us. Separate from where I live or how I dress or the color of my skin. I'm not ashamed of none of those things.Read more ›
In addition to the excellent theme and premise, the writing itself is solid. Each character is important to the story, and has a unique voice and outlook on life. It is a serious subject, and the plot is frightening at times. I definitely recommend an adult be there to discuss it, but it is thought-provoking enough that I will encourage my children to read it when they are old enough. I look forward to the sequel with anticipation.
Fifteen year-old Genna lives with her family in Brooklyn. Her mother hates white people, which Genna struggles to understand. Genna is acquainted with an older white gentleman whom she often sees at the nearby arboretum, and he seems perfectly kind. One day Genna is whisked back to civil war days. At first, she is mistaken for a runaway slave. She must make her way as best she can, and can only hope that she will one day return to her own time.
This is a lovely story with a powerful message. Genna is a very likable character. Fans of historical fiction will especially enjoy this. Highly recommended for ANYONE 13 and up.
I grew up in South Carolina, so the exploration of racism and oppression really hit home with me. I have seen people in similar plights. They feel stuck, locked into a repeating series of situations and events that just leads to more oppression and racism.
The writing is well done, and easily read. My main problem with the book is the contrived time travel. A fountain behind a locked fence leads to an adventure in civil war era New York. I guess I am just a bit of a stickler for details but I would at least like to have this part of the story fleshed out a bit more.
The main character is a juvenile, however the themes covered in the book are probably not appropriate for your average teen. I would probably say that this would be a good read for later High School in a class where they are comparing the situation of Blacks in present day versus the late 1800's. Genna's (the main characters) situation in both times is very well covered and should lead to a lot of discussion.
I think that this is a good book, and is a must read for people looking into race relations and how they have evolved over time (and how some have stayed the same). However for the general reader you might want to pass unless you really just want to give it a chance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was transported back one hundred years ago along with Genna. A Wish After Midnight is a must read for all. I was so moved by the story. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kim D. Brandon
I loved the characters in this book so much, I want to know what happens next in their lives. I hope the author writes a sequel. Read morePublished 12 months ago by cactusflower24
This was a very engaging story especially for me, having grown up in Brooklyn, Weeksville specifically and remembering spending time at the Botanic Gardens. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Scarlett
I loved the beginning of this book. The story set in today's time. It was beautifully written and I loved the author's characters who inhabited this story! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Uggieandme
I loved the book, but honestly I thought it was very inappropriate. Alot of swearing and I lot of sex
Happening so book should really be for girls and boys ages 12+. Read more
I gave the book a three because I did not like the ending nor did I like y fact that Henna!s wish was not revealed.Published on December 5, 2013 by Dorothy Vittito-Brumfield
... especially if the class is no more than 50% African American. The author does a fantastic job of developing the main character & including stereotypical characters. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This novel is quite long, but the characters and time travel elements, including how they interact between time and space, seem very interesting. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Grace
I took an African American Women's Writer class in college and I really wished we had read this book! It was very well done and made me really think. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Qwerty126