The Return of Gabriel by John Armistead

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In the summer of 1964, freedom workers come to a small Mississippi town to register blacks to vote. The quiet pace of the summer changes dramatically for Cooper and his friends Jubal, who is black, and Squirrel, who is Jewish. The only white member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Cooper must decide how to react when his father makes him attend Ku Klux Klan meetings. His uncle Chicago helps guide him through the turbulent times. As the summer progresses, the pastor at the church learns of the Klan’s plans in advance. He says the news comes from the Angel Gabriel. When Cooper discovers Gabriel’s identity, he must decide what role he will play, and on which side.

About John Armistead

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John Armistead is religion editor for the "Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. He is a native of Mobile, Alabama, and a graduate of Mississippi College and the University of Mississippi. He currently lives with his wife in Tupelo, Mississippi, where his hobbies include riding his Electra Glide Harley-Davidson, fly-fishing, and painting. He is also the author of "A Legacy of Vengeance and "A Homecoming for Murder.
Published October 1, 2002 by Milkweed Editions. 240 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The easy-going friendship between Cooper, a white 13-year-old, and his African-American neighbor, Jubal, is suddenly threatened when liberal-minded college students arrive from California, determined to bring change to Cooper's segregated Mississippi town.

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