This is an ARC I picked up at BEA and I really looked forward to reading. I had never read anything by Julius Lester before, but the story was about a young boy who chose not to tell the truth and then had to face the consequences of a destroyed friendship.
It’s a very small book, and my favorite parts were the prologue and the epilogue. I thought they were beautifully written. Unfortunately, I didn’t find that the actual story to live up to the promise. It’s the story of a horrific lynching that took place in the South from the perspective of a young white boy.
I was even more interested in reading the author’s note at the end of the book than the actual story..I found it incredibly informative. I hestitate to give this any sort of final judgement, though. The ARC is very small and the marketing information on the back says the book will be 160 pages long. So I can’t help but wonder if some more meat will be added to the story. I think it could use it.
I have little else to say about this book except that I’d like to give someone else the chance to read it and review it. If you are interested in my ARC, please leave a comment. This giveaway has the condition that you must have a blog of your own that you will agree to review this book on. It won’t take you long to read it. It will be marketed as a YA book and I should mention that there’s quite a bit of frank sexual talk in it. To double your chances of winning, post about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post. I’ll choose a winner randomly on July 11th.
Guardian will be available in October 2008 from Harper Collins.