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.


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16 Responses to “Guardian by Julius Lester + Giveaway”

  1. Suzi Says:

    I’ll take a shot at winning that one – I’ve only read one of Lester’s other books, one about Moses called Pharaoh’s Daughter. He’s an excellent writer.

  2. Sally Says:

    I love to read, and I’d be happy to review it on my blog.

  3. Emma Says:

    This sounds like a great book – I’m getting back into books for teens lately it seems. I’d love the opportunity to win this.

  4. June and July Contests Updated « Kathleen’s Book Reviews… Says:

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  5. Josette Says:

    Hi there! Can international readers join? I’m from Malaysia. All the same, I linked up to this post on my blog. 🙂

  6. Carmen T Says:

    It’ll be awesome to win an ARC. Please enter me in the contest. Thank you. =)

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  8. Courtney Says:

    I would like to give this book a chance. Thanks.

  9. Debbie Says:

    Hi. I’d love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

  10. Kristinia Says:

    I have a blog and I’d love to do the review!

  11. Suzi Says:

    Finally got around to posting my review of this one. I liked it, and strange as it may seem I hope they don’t add to it. I found the spare, stark prose very reflective of the bleak horror of the event. The prologue was beautiful, though. But I agree, the most interesting part was Lester’s notes at the end.

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