Slave Day by Rob Thomas

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Keene Davenport has called for a student walkout to protest his school’s annual “Slave Day” fundraiser, but it’s not exactly working. Shawn Greeley, the first African American student council president of Robert E. Lee High, continues to preside over the auctioning of student reps to serve as book-toters, chauffeurs, and lunch-fetchers for the day. So Keene chooses an alternative path of civil disobedience: Assuming that a day of degradation ought to open Shawn’s eyes, Keene decides to “buy” Shawn to be his slave, no matter what the cost—and launches a series of life-changing events in the process.

About Rob Thomas

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Rob Thomas is the creator and executive producer of the television series Veronica Mars. He is also a cocreator and executive producer of the cable television series Party Down. In addition to his television work, Thomas is the author of five young adult books for Simon & Schuster including Rats Saw God, Slave Day, Satellite Down, and Doing Time: Notes From the Undergrad. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Katie, daughter Greta, and son Hank. Visit him at
Published June 12, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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 ``Slaves'' and their buyers raise considerably more than money at a Texas high school in this wild, multistranded teen tale from Thomas (Rats Saw God, 1996).

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Slave Day

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Thomas's ambitious if not wholly successful second novel deals with all the complex issues (love, sex, friendship and the meaning of it all) visited in his promising Rats Saw God. The setting here is

Mar 31 1997 | Read Full Review of Slave Day

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At a Texas high school's annual auction, teachers and student council members go to the highest bidder. The book will be welcomed by readers looking for a reflection of their own struggles, said P

Aug 03 1998 | Read Full Review of Slave Day

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