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by Fran Gregory,John Armistead

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. In the summer of 1964, a thirteen-year-old white boy whose best friend is black is caught in the middle when civil rights workers and Ku Klux Klan members clash in a small town near Tupelo, Mississippi.
Download The Return of Gabriel (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) epub
ISBN: 0613792025
ISBN13: 978-0613792028
Category: Children
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: Fran Gregory,John Armistead
Language: English
Publisher: Turtleback Books (September 18, 2002)
ePUB size: 1449 kb
FB2 size: 1751 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 685
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Excellent story of life in civil rights era Mississippi. Armistead is meticulous with his detail. A quick read for an adult, an excellent lesson in friendship and tolerance for middle schoolers.
Great book about the South in the sixties. I recommend all of John Armistead books. It is about two friends -- one helps take care of all the friends of the other boy.
In an effort to take a look at the civil rights efforts in Mississsippi in the mid-1960s, THE RETURN OF GABRIEL tells its story through the eyes of an eighth-grade white boy named Cooper. At times, the book often wears its morality lesson on its sleeve, but does so in such a sincere manner that its hard not to appreciate the story and theme given the intended audience -- the young adult.

A relatively quick read, THE RETURN OF GABRIEL has one huge strength and that is the variety of characters it brings to the page. Although few make any significant change in their attitude or thoughts by the novel's end, that is true to life. Cooper and his black friend Jubal's relationship goes through its growing pains as their individual perspectives on the civil rights fight are clearly influenced by different factors.

As a YA novel that is purposely trying to make a point, this book succeeds admirably, though it does leave a number of questions (that teenagers will have about the story and its characters) unanswered. Adults will find it a bit too simplistic in its storytelling, but appreciate its intention to inform as historical fiction.

I intend on using this book in my class to help flesh out the subject of Hate for a unit I am teaching. I know there are surely better books on the subject of America's civil rights movement, but this book fits in well as a selection of the Sunshine State Recommended Reading List for 2006-2007 for grades 6 through 8.
This book was chosen by Starkville Reads, a one book, one city program in Starkville ,MS. We found it to be excellent for the program in that it generated a lot of interest in the community and provided a focus for some enjoyable and informative discussions.

The book is about the experiences of a couple of teenagers in MS in the 60's. One of the teens is black, the other white. In addition to sharing a lot of experiences common to teens every where, the two friends get swept up in the civil rights problems of Mississippi in the 60's. There are many good guys and bad guys, the latter in the form of the Klan. People get threatened and hassled, and buildings burned. There is some mysterious ancestry, and a few natural and not so natural deaths.

It is all pretty exciting in addition to being informative.

Readers participating in discussions of the book, most of whom were in MS when it all happenned, generally agreed that the author had depicted life in MS pretty well.

The book is really primarily for young adult readers which isn't all bad, ie it moves fast and has short chapters.

If you are looking for a short, very well written book that depicts life in rural areas of MS in the 60's through the eyes of teenagers, then this is an excellent choice.
This book is about a 13 year-old white kid named Cooper and his African-American friend and neighbor Jubal. The book is set in a southern town in 1964. It's a dramatic story that displays racism in the south, specificly the Klu Klux Klan.
Cooper and Jubal have a club they call the scorpions that they use to stick together and fight bullies. It has 3 members: Cooper, Jubal, and this Jewish kid name d squrriel. When squirel's house has a croos burned in front of it he moves to memphis and cooper's dad starts bringing hom to KKK meetings. He then has to choose between risking his life and loyalty to his father, and his loylty to his church and friends.
This is not the best book, but it is a relatively good book. I would probobly reccomend it to someone, espicially a middle-school age person onterested in racism in the south during the 50s and 60s.
Great sequel to first book, The $66 Summer.