Bobby and his family are visiting Civil War battlefields on the eve of the war’s centenary, while inside their car, quiet battles rage. When an accident cuts their trip short, they return home on a bus and witness an incident that threatens to deny a black family seats. What they don’t know is the reason for the family’s desperation to be on that bus: a few towns away, their child is missing.
Lunch-Box Dream presents Jim Crow, racism, and segregation from multiple perspectives. In this story of witnessing without understanding, a naïvely prejudiced boy, in brief flashes of insight, starts to identify and question his assumptions about race.
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This, together with historical references that will likely slip past children and sometimes tortured syntax, derails prolific series fantasist Abbott’s (The Secrets of Droon) attempt at an autobiographical historical novel.Jul 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Lunch-Box Dream
(The book helpfully opens with a list of the characters and their relationshipsâan essential resource.) In the final scenes, the separate stories converge, with subtle finesse, in one small, iconic physical gesture.May 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Lunch-Box Dream
The story is told from the points of view of Bobby, Jacob, Hershel, Louisa, Cora, Grandma, Frank, James and Ruth, with Bobby narrating the bulk of the tale.Oct 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Lunch-Box Dream
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