Based on the results of our most recent poll, we will read The Good Lord Bird by James McBride for our March meetup.
Abolitionist John Brown calls her "Little Onion", but her real name is Henry. A slave in Kansas mistaken for girl due to the sackcloth smock he was wearing when Brown shot his master, the light-skinned, curly-haired 12-year-old ends up living as a young woman, most often encamped with Brown's renegade band of freedom warriors as they traverse the country, raising arms and ammunition for their battle against slavery. Though they travel to Rochester, New York to meet with Frederick Douglass and Canada to enlist the help of Harriet Tubman, Brown and his ragtag army fail to muster sufficient support for their mission to liberate African Americans, heading inexorably to the infamously bloody and pathetic raid on Harpers Ferry. McBride works Little Onion's down-home patois to great effect, using the savvy but scared innocent to bring a fresh immediacy to this sobering chapter in American history. (Carol Haggas, from Booklist)