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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
At the turn of this century, a group of American blacks from the midwest migrated to Canada to become homesteaders in the remote town of Athabasca, Alberta. Hadley Irwin's latest novel for young people focuses on this little-known chapter of American history. The movement of entire towns of blacks north in search of freedom provides Hadley Irwin an ideal setting for a young boy's search for identity. Rap Davis' growth toward maturity, his determination to "be somebody" parallels the growth and determination of a people to be somebody.
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