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Unstoppable Octobia May

Unstoppable Octobia May

Escrito por Sharon Flake

Narrado por Bahni Turpin


Unstoppable Octobia May

Escrito por Sharon Flake

Narrado por Bahni Turpin

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (12 valoraciones)
Longitud:
6 horas
Publicado:
Oct 1, 2014
ISBN:
9780545746465
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

Bestselling and award-winning author Sharon G. Flake delivers a mystery set in the 1950s that eerily blends history, race, culture, and family.

Octobia May is a girl filled with questions. Her heart condition makes her special--and, some folks would argue, gives this ten-year-old powers that make her a "wise soul." Thank goodness for Auntie, who convinces Octobia's parents to let her live in her boarding house that is filled with old folks. That's when trouble, and excitement, and wonder begin. Auntie is nontraditional. She's unmarried and has plans to purchase other boarding homes and hotels. At a time when children, and especially girls, are "seen, not heard," Auntie allows Octobia May the freedom and expression of an adult. When Octobia starts to question the folks in her world, an adventure and a mystery unfold that beg some troubling questions: Who is black and who is "passing" for white? What happens when a vibrant African American community must face its own racism?

And, perhaps most important: Do vampires really exist? In her most unusual and probing novel yet, Sharon G. Flake takes us on a heart-pumping journey.
Publicado:
Oct 1, 2014
ISBN:
9780545746465
Formato:
Audiolibro


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  • (4/5)
    Octobia May is a 10-year old black girl living in post World War ll Pittsburg. She lives with her Aunt Shuma in a boarding house full of a variety of boarders. From the beginning she is convinced that Mr. Davenport, one of the most recent, very mysterious boarders, is a vampire. She cannot help spying on him and opening up the can of secret worms he is hiding.

    Octobia May reminds me much of Bud, Not Buddy, with his imaginative adventures and his quest to discover his true identity. This is a story of much more than the mystery Octobia May uncovers; it is also the story of self-discovery. Octobia May never falters in her own belief of herself, and she helps others along the way realize that who she is is just who she is meant to be.
  • (4/5)
    Natasha read it and loved it and passed it on to me. And I'm glad she did. It took me a little while to get used to Octobia's voice: her sentences are often short, and given her fantastic imagination it can sometimes be a challenge to figure out what she's saying. But those are smallish quibbles about a fantastic book. Octobia is living in her aunt's boarding house where she is allowed rather more freedom than her own parents are willing to give her after a catastrophic heart problem. She is immersed in Nancy Drew and the aftermath of WWII, and caught up in the struggles for rights for colored people and women. On top of that, she's trying to solve the mystery of the man upstairs who doesn't sleep at night and may be a vampire.

    The entire cast is struggling against stereotypes and discrimination of various kinds, and most are also dealing with the traumas suffered during the war. There is a lot going on here, but the reader doesn't have to take it all on board: the book works well as a conventional sort of intrepid child story, in which villains are unmasked.

    Highly recommended to both the middle school audience and to older readers who will enjoy the realistic portrayal of the 50s.

    Library copy.
  • (3/5)
    Narrated by Bahni Turpin. This is rather violent for a children's book (murders, kidnapping, guns) although not graphic. It's not just about Harrison and Davenport working in collusion but also dips into civil rights, women's rights, WW2, treatment of blacks in the military, discrimination, "passing," and even Octobia May's heart condition. Maybe that's partly why I had trouble tracking the narrative in audio...so many things going on. Aside from that Octobia May's irrepressible nature comes alive in Turpin's narration.
  • (3/5)
    Octobia May and her loyal friends are appealing characters but this mystery is unevenly plotted. The author tries to work in several themes - the role of African-American soldiers in U.S. wars, civil rights, women's rights, family - but often the plot development points are dropped in randomly with no narrative flow. Bahni Turpin's narration is amusing but the adorable characters cannot overcome a disjointed storyline.
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