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Shades of Gray Paperback – May 1, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
The Civil War has left 12-year-old Will Page an orphan, and he is sent to his mother's relatives in the country in Virginia. Prepared to hate his uncle, a "coward" who refused to fight for either side, Will slowly comes to respect the man's position. And as he fits into the hardworking farm routine, the boy discovers, to his surprise, that physical labor (which his parents' slaves used to do) can be rewarding. Will's coming-of-age story revolves around overcoming his prejudices about Yankees and Confederates. Thoughtfully told, the novel captures the hardships that followed the last war fought on U.S. soil. But Will's maturation feels too carefully mapped out, leaving the impression of didactic lessons learned; he seems less a real person than an example of error rectified. Ages 8-12.
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Helping students/children understand that the world is not made up of white and black hats is vital to their development. From modern issues of immigration and religious fervor, there are many connections that can be made between what the characters in the book experience and what children and adults experience today.
Shades of Gray made me feel the choices you have to face when your uncle is an enemy in your mind. It made me feel how close you are to your family and how hard a death is.
(Mom here) My daughter read this book in a couple of days. It's a pretty basic read.
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