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Friday, March 27, 2009

Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine

If there was a story I could choose to enter and experience personally, it would be Dave's.

In the Hebrew Home for Boys where Dave lives after his parents die (1926), life is colorless and as apparently indifferent to his fate as his stepmother. This is his day-to-day existence.

But nighttime is a different story.

Dave sneaks out of the orphanage at night and is soom immersed in the colorful, magical world of the Harlem Renaissance.

I have read historical fiction that runs the gamut from mundane to mediocre to marvelous. Dave at Night is a marvelous masterpiece of historical fiction. Gail Carson Levine weaves a story the way Duke Ellington weaves a jazz song. Sit back and enjoy.

Teaching Moment: A character does offer to tell Dave's fortune.

See Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Divination and Magic: 2116,

Safety Rating: 3 Vatican Flags; High Readability

Historical Fiction: Harlem Renaissance; 1920-1930's


Angela July 3, 2009 at 9:41 AM  

Thanks for this review and recommendation!

My kids are really enjoying this story.


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