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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Wish After Midnight is one of the most thrilling reading experiences I’ve had this year. Author Zetta Elliott writes with an urgency that informs the reader early on that this... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Read Diverse Books
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 13 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 17 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 on May 24, 2014 by Scarlett
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