By Marilyn Nelson
This riveting novel in verse, excellent for lovers of Jacqueline Woodson and Toni Morrison, explores American background and race throughout the eyes of a teenage boy embracing his newfound identity
Connor's grandmother leaves his dad a letter while she dies, and the letter's confession shakes their tight-knit Italian-American family members: the guy who raised Dad isn't his start father.
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Some name her the Apache Joan of Arc.
For greater than a century, Apaches have saved alive the reminiscence in their hero Lozen. Lozen, valiant warrior, respected shaman, and gorgeous girl, fought along Geronimo, Cochise, and Victorio, retaining out opposed to the armies of either the us and Mexico.
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The truth was that he would have rather been at the arena, but the new gladiators had just arrived and would not perform for another two days. They cleared the stairs and stood above the highest gallery of the theater, gazing down into the middle tier of twenty rows, accessible by vaulted corridors at the side of the building. Below the middle tier a covered gallery curved around the half circle, separating it from the lowest tier for slaves and the poor and providing special box seating for the magistrates whose generosity sponsored the event.
They sparred for what seemed hours, but Ariella did not back down. Even when she saw the beige tents go up nearby and imagined falling into one and sleeping until autumn. Her short tunic grew damp with sweat and dingy with kicked-up dust, and the collective odor of the men hung heavy over the field. Her sword felt weighted in her hand, and the grunts and calls of the fighters muddled together. Would that she had an arm of iron rather than flesh. But still she did not yield. It was not until the mountain loomed purple to the southwest, with the sun hiding behind it, that Drusus called an end to the drills.
American Ace by Marilyn Nelson