Jan 24, Christine Jensen rated it it was amazing Shelves: multicultural-african-american , ya-informational-bios. The readers performance is dynamic, conveying the emotions and feelings of the characters in a way that truly brings them to life. In both performance and content, this book is powerful. View all 4 comments. I truly enjoyed reading Day of Tears.
I could not put the book down. This book is based off true historical happenings of the largest slave auction held in the United States. It is interesting because it is written with each character's perspective. Emma a young slave is sold away from her family into another plantation in Kentucky.
This story depicts the feeling's Emma's family and other slaves had at this time and also the feelings and thoughts of slave owners at this time.
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This book is wonder I truly enjoyed reading Day of Tears. This book is wonderful reading for the Junior High level and above and is written as a playwright, so it could be acted out in a classroom. I think many students at the upper grade level could relate to this emotionally and gain more insight to this part of the American history. Mar 26, Phil Jensen rated it really liked it.
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Man like that don't deserve to own slaves. Why does he care what they think? If he sold some of his mules, he wouldn't care what the mule thought, because a mule can't think. Niggers ain't no different. And to tell the truth, I've see Can you handle the inner thoughts of a slave auctioneer? And to tell the truth, I've seen some mules that had more sense. Lester gives nearly all the characters enough humanity to make you see them as people- people turned against each other by an amoral system.
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My only complaint is that the to focus characters for the beginning portion of the book, Will and Mattie, are too predictable. They think exactly what you would expect two household slaves to think at the outset of a massive auction. The book becomes much more complex when it introduces the conflicts of the white characters as they are forced into hypocrisy by the system, and the character of Emma who is gradually dragged deeper into the evil of the situation. Recommended for mature Middle School students. This book is too intense for some readers. Oct 04, Audra rated it it was amazing.
One hundred sixty years ago in , the largest slave auction in American history happened in Atlanta, Georgia. There was a torrential rainstorm the entire two days of the auction and it became known as the day of weeping. Yes, this event actually took place. This book is a work of fiction that imagines what the enslaved who were sold off must have felt like. I could not help but fight back the tears kn One hundred sixty years ago in , the largest slave auction in American history happened in Atlanta, Georgia.
I could not help but fight back the tears knowing that this event took place and that so many families were ripped apart and sold like the chattel white people thought they were. Such a moving book. This is written for young adults. If you want to give your child an inkling into what it was like to live enslaved, this is a perfect book to begin that conversation. It will stay with me forever.
Apr 03, Kristine rated it really liked it. A fictional retelling of the largest slave auction is US history, written in dialogue. May 21, Faith rated it liked it Shelves: 3-stars. I wasn't particularly a fan of the way the story was formatted. It felt clunky. I really wish there would have been more of a back story for some of the characters. However, I'd still recommend that you pick this one up!
It's an interesting book to discuss. Dec 06, Sarah Parker rated it it was amazing. I will teach this book in grade 6 next semester so this is why I read it. Multiple times throughout their story I was moved to tears. Aug 23, Melanie rated it it was amazing. I imagine it is a Heartbreakingly accurate portrayal of life as a slave in the United States before the Civil War. A play format, with "characters" introduced before the first page.
A fictionalized story based on the largest slave auction in history. Pierce Butler had inherited the plantation and enjoyed gambling. However, he was horrible at cards and had to either go to jail for his gambling debts or sell roughly slaves. This story is the powerful account from a variety of persons impacted I imagine it is a Heartbreakingly accurate portrayal of life as a slave in the United States before the Civil War. This story is the powerful account from a variety of persons impacted by that day. Apr 20, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: children-s-books , american-history-for-kids.
This historical fiction is based on the largest slave auction held. While a mix of historical fact and fiction, this novel powerfully portrayed the heartbreak, injustice and horror of slavery. I wept at several places. I listened to this on CD and really enjoyed the narration. Jan 03, Jenna Srivastava rated it it was amazing. While I hated the format of this book, I can not deny it is deserving of 5 stars.
Feb 28, Parker D. The book in dialog, Day of Tears by Julius Lester is about a girl named Emma who has a very hard and tankful journey. Emma was a daughter of a slave trade owner. She would be forced to go to all of the parties and trades for she thought nothing more of it. After going to just one she realized that she had a new place in her fathers eyes. She loved her father even when she watched him cause pain to many people. When slaves are about to be held in an auction due to a gambling debt that he got The book in dialog, Day of Tears by Julius Lester is about a girl named Emma who has a very hard and tankful journey.
When slaves are about to be held in an auction due to a gambling debt that he got into Emma knew she had to do somethings about it. As Emma has a big role due to her being the auction holders nannie, she thinks that she is in the clear and trade free. She soon realizes that she is very wrong when she gets put up for sale as well. View 1 comment. Although I enjoyed narrative dialogue in the book, and the author's precise use of words to convey the drama and sadness surrounding the lives of the slaves and damage to one white family's character in the antebellum period, I think this novel had several qualities that detracted from the story telling.http://taylor.evolt.org/kusoh-el-bon-pastor.php
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First this book is nearly all narrative voice. Other than the descriptions of rain as sorrow, and beautifully done I might add, Lester misses an opportunity to contrast the beauty of the souther Although I enjoyed narrative dialogue in the book, and the author's precise use of words to convey the drama and sadness surrounding the lives of the slaves and damage to one white family's character in the antebellum period, I think this novel had several qualities that detracted from the story telling.
Other than the descriptions of rain as sorrow, and beautifully done I might add, Lester misses an opportunity to contrast the beauty of the southern countryside with the cruelty of slavery. Had he written the setting as another character that contrasted in its free and wild beauty with the situation of the slaves, I think that the setting would have improved the story's suspense and created for the reader a tangible counterpoint of physical depravity between slave's every day life and the South's naturally beautiful landscape.
Instead, we the reader receive a series of voices who alternate discussing their experiences of slavery and perspectives on events in the story. The slave auction is based on real accounts of the huge slave auctions held in the major trading posts in the South. They give a reader a real sense of how slavery dehumanized African-Americans turning them into chattel. Julius Lester's descriptions and accounts from Pierce, to Emma, and the slave auctioneer provide priceless insights for readers young and old alike.
I also think auction and the rain as tears metaphor was utilized too often over several chapters. At one point, I began feeling like the author was repeating himself without extending the idea of slavery's misery to new exciting actions in the story. As a result, the suspense was reduced, and the reader was deprived a more expansive view of how slavery ripped apart black families in multiple ways, but demeaned the ethical character of white citizens as well. Lester certainly points at Pierce's gambling as a problem of moral failing, but wouldn't the story have been more engaging and convincing if we could glean action events that showed how white families were creating divisions in the family?
I would like to have seen the Pierce's two daughters in a big conflict seen over trying to covertly sneak slaves from the family plantation. Now that would be a gripping and intimate scene. Instead, we hear about one family's escape over the Ohio river by a southerner's son who opposes slavery, but the description of the setting is absent, and the action is muted by telling the reader instead of showing through actions the whole experience. I couldn't visualize the slaves escape and feel their experience, but I heard the experience through their voices.
Not a bad trade off, but I believe better writing would have made that scene and multiple others in the novel more visceral and moving for the reader. Also, showing through actions instead of telling scenes through multiple narrative voices would tie the reader's affinity for the slave's miserable life situation, added much needed suspense, and allowed the reader to see through the character and author's eyes the enormity of personal loss to all families in the antebellum period of the South.
Aug 28, Emma rated it it was amazing. What do you call it when you finally find a book that is so rawly written that you know you won't forget it?