Zack by William Bell

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Zack Lane knows about his father's side of the family -- they are descendants of Romanian Jews -- but his black mother broke all ties with her family before Zack was born. Why she did so is the "Family Mystery."

Uprooted by his parents' move to the outskirts of a small town, Zack is friendless and at the lowest point in his life. He undertakes a research project into the life of Richard Pierpoint, former African slave, soldier in the War of 1812, and the pioneer farmer who cleared the land on which Zack's house now stands. Pierpoint's story inspires Zack to go to Mississippi to look for his maternal grandfather. What he discovers shakes the foundations of all he has believed in.

 

About William Bell

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William Bell is the author of Crabbe's Journey and Forbidden City, which has been translated into eight languages. He holds master's degrees in both literature and education. Currently the head of English at Orillia Collegiate, Ontario, he has also taught at the University of British Columbia as well as colleges in Beijing and Harbin in China.
 
Published June 1, 1999 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Canadian author Bell (Crabbe's Journey) offers a unique and sometimes discomfiting perspective on racism in an issue-driven story narrated by a mixed-race teen. Zack Lane, the son of a Mississippi-bor

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Zack Lane, the son of a Mississippi-born black woman and a Canadian man of Romanian Jewish descent, has managed more or less to fit in, until his family moves from Toronto to semirural, all-white Fergus, Ont.

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