Academic journal article Reading Horizons

Black Boy White School

Academic journal article Reading Horizons

Black Boy White School

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Walker, Brian F. (2012). Black boy white school. New York: HarperTeen. 256 pages, $17.99, ISBN: 978-0-06191483-6.

Sixteen-year-old Luke's publisher sends him on a publicity tour when the book he wrote chronicling his spiritual journey starts selling and gaining attention. Due to a scheduling glitch, Matt, Luke's older brother, will be responsible for getting him to the book signing venues on time, but Matt has his own agenda involving his girlfriend Alex. Matt rents a Hummer and heads across the country along Route 66. The fact that Fran, a girl on whom Luke once had a crush, comes along adds to the complications. The descriptions of the book signings during which Luke must field difficult questions and sign until his arm aches are spot-on as are the complaints Luke utters throughout the scenic detours on which Matt takes his fellow passengers. Luke is portrayed realistically, floundering from one mistake to another, disappointing and betraying himself and others. Luke is, after all, a seeker, and if he isn't sure exactly what he believes or how firm that belief may be, his seeking is typical of an adolescent. …

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