BookBrowse Reviews 47 by Walter Mosley

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47
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  • First Published:
    May 2005, 240 pages
    Paperback:
    Nov 2006, 240 pages

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Equal parts history and tall tale. Ages 12-up

From the book jacket: Walter Mosley is one of the best known writers in America. In his first book for young adults, he deftly weaves historical and speculative fiction into a powerful narrative about the nature of freedom. 47 is a young slave boy living under the watchful eye of a brutal slave master. His life seems doomed until he meets a mysterious run-away slave, Tall John. Then 47 finds himself swept up in a struggle for his own liberation.

Comment: In 2005 Mosley delivered a talk at the American Library Association conference explaining his motives for writing 47.  He opened by acknowledging the wide cultural heritage of the audience members and the underlying confidence and pride that most individuals can take in their cultural, political and social identity - whether they are fully aware of it or not.  

He then asked the ...

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