Guardian by Julius Lester

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There are times when a tree can no longer withstand the pain inflicted on it, and the wind will take pity on that tree and topple it over in a mighty storm. All the other trees who witnessed the evil look down upon the fallen tree with envy. They pray for the day when a wind will end their suffering.

I pray for the day when God will end mine.

In a time and place without moral conscience, fourteen-year-old Ansel knows what is right and what is true.

But it is dangerous to choose honesty, and so he chooses silence.

Now an innocent man is dead, and Ansel feels the burden of his decision. He must also bear the pain of losing a friend, his family, and the love of a lifetime.

Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honoree Julius Lester delivers a haunting and poignant novel about what happens when one group of people takes away the humanity of another.

 

About Julius Lester

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Renowned storyteller Julius Lester lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has won a Newbery Honor, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and many other honors. Geraldo Valério lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
 
Published June 3, 2009 by HarperCollins. 147 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This slim yet essential new tale of the Jim Crow South unfolds primarily through the eyes of Ansel Anderson, only son of the storekeeper in the small town of Davis.

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The Guardian

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For all these protagonists, even the disaffected FBI agent who narrates the closing story, "Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden", the urgent, abiding question is the same one that confronts Lester Romanowski.

Feb 03 2007 | Read Full Review of Guardian

The Guardian

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PD Smith The Music of Life: Biology Beyond Genes, by Denis Noble (Oxford, £7.99) Discovering the role DNA plays in creating proteins is one of the great achievements of 20th-century biology.

Feb 16 2008 | Read Full Review of Guardian

The Guardian

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Louis Sachar wrote Holes – a book that sold more than 8m copies and not only won, but deserved to win, a shelf-full of prestigious awards.

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Teen Reads

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No matter what Ansel tells him, Willie always calls him Mister, and Willie seems content to be stuck in his role below Ansel.

Oct 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Guardian

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Teens ready for the material will be ready for some powerfuldiscussions (see the publisher's discussion guide for ideas) and will learn a lot about the history that inspired this book through the author's historical note, appendix, chart of lynchings bystate, and brief bibliography.

Oct 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Guardian

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