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The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride


Overview - Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith
A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year

"A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride." -cover review of The New York Times Book Review
"Outrageously entertaining." - USA Today
"James McBride delivers another tour de force" - Essence
"So imaginative, you'll race to the finish." -NPR.org
"Wildly entertaining."--4-star People lead review
"A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel." - Washington Post

Look out for McBride's new book, Five-Carat Soul

From the bestselling author of The Color of Water, Song Yet Sung, and Kill 'Em and Leave , a James Brown biography, comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown's antislavery crusade--and who must pass as a girl to survive.  Read more...


 
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More About The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
 
 
 
Overview
Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith
A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year

"A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride." -cover review of The New York Times Book Review
"Outrageously entertaining." -USA Today
"James McBride delivers another tour de force" -Essence
"So imaginative, you'll race to the finish." -NPR.org
"Wildly entertaining."--4-star People lead review
"A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel." - Washington Post

Look out for McBride's new book, Five-Carat Soul

From the bestselling author of The Color of Water, Song Yet Sung, and Kill 'Em and Leave, a James Brown biography, comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown's antislavery crusade--and who must pass as a girl to survive.

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town--with Brown, who believes he's a girl.

Over the ensuing months, Henry--whom Brown nicknames Little Onion--conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859--one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594632785
  • ISBN-10: 1594632782
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Publish Date: August 2014
  • Page Count: 458
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for fiction, The Good Lord Bird by James McBride is an inspired and slightly transgressive take on the story of abolitionist John Brown. The novel is narrated by 12-year-old Henry Shackleford, a Kansas slave Brown mistakes for a girl. When Brown shoots Henry’s owner, the boy joins his band of abolitionists and lives as a female. Brown and his crew cross the country trying to marshal support for their cause, and Henry tags along, bearing witness to meetings with Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, as well as the raid on Harpers Ferry. McBride, author of the acclaimed memoir The Color of Water as well as two previous novels, shows a remarkable flair for making events come alive and never shies away from the comic possibilities of the boy’s situation. A wonderfully imaginative retelling of history that’s been compared to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, McBride’s latest is a page-turner thanks to Henry’s unique voice and remarkable coming-of-age experiences.

 

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