47 by Walter Mosley

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Walter Mosley is one of the best-known writers in America. In his first book for young adults, Mosley 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 runaway slave, Tall John. Then, 47 finds himself swept up in a struggle for his own liberation.
 

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WALTER MOSLEY is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. A New York Times –bestselling author, his work has been translated into more than twenty-one languages. Mosley, the winner of an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award, lives in New York City.
 
Published December 2, 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 240 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Forty-seven is also the narrator of Mosley’s young-adult literature debut, still alive almost two centuries later to tell of his fated encounter with 3,000-year-old Tall John from “beyond Africa,” who has arrived in a Sun Ship from planet Elle (where red and purple forests are populated by tiny, ...

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"Neither master nor nigger be," Tall John repeatedly tells 47, who must unlearn a lifetime of subservience in order to grasp the nature of freedom and its relationship to responsibility.

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Since I am not a slave I am not sure if this is true, but all slaves, because of there tortured and terrible lives, can't help themselves and go into their own fantasy realm.

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Being a slave means not knowing your birthdates and often never knowing your own blood-related family.

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