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I appreciate the passion that Andi has when she writes on this topic and I look forward to the future stories that Mary has to share.
There's some magical realism - the author calls it a 'ghost story' - that gently takes the reader into details of history from the civil-rights struggle in the American South. The author's gift here is to avoid lecturing her reader. She doesn't oversimplify either. Even the 'bad guys' in this story are individuals, some with the potential for change.
The ghosts are not frightening or threatening. As with the first book, the ghosts give voice to past violence and hatred. In effect, Mary joins forces with them to bring some closure to their families.
Mary is an engaging girl, and her relationships to her mother, boyfriend, and school friends all work to move the story ahead. She respects her elders, and believes in equality. She's also smart and funny, and awkwardly self-aware. A really winning protagonist, Mary is the glue that connects the pieces of story and background.
As the reader, you don't feel you're being told what to think. As you learn facts from the 1950s that may have never come to your attention before, you don't feel stupid. You feel glad that Mary Steele has done the research for you, and also glad that Andi Cumbo-Steele has written this book.
I read an advance copy of this book, and thank the author for the opportunity. This is an independent an unbiased review of her book.
This book works for adult readers as well as young adults.
Mary Steele is back in this 2nd installment of the "Steel Secret" Series and wakes to find herself with thirteen new ghosts stuck in their own purgatory. Charlotte is a school teacher at one of the Rosenwald Schools for black children and she was murdered along with twelve of her students at the school.
Mary has a great crew of trusted friends and advisors and takes the mantle of responsibility to find some sense of peace and justice for the ghosts, the families of those lost, the children - now adults - left behind, and those who contributed to the deaths.
A great read for those seeking to better understand the racial tensions of the past and ways in which we can heal and move forward as a community.
The story behind the Rosenwald schools was one I'd never heard of. I don't know if a tragedy of the kind described in this book actually occurred. I couldn't find any evidence through a quick Google search, but the kind of meticulous research done to build this world shines through.
I think the voices of Charlotte and the Twelve may haunt my dreams for a while. They were so true and heartbreaking. Charlotte cared for those children for so many years after their passings--I felt my heart break into a million pieces. May they find peace and rest, and they are real in my mind.
I was honored to receive a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
"Charlotte and The Twelve" has you cheering not only for the heros but also the perpetrators who lean toward redemption and remorse. The methods the author uses for healing conversations are templates for having those difficult racially charge conversations today - to listen to one another with compassion
A great book for young people of all ages to understand there is healing in conversations, in seeking to understand, and in forgiveness. Justice may not always prevail, but Love and Compassion do.
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