The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Publisher: Walker Books
Plantation slave Charley Smith is eleven when America blows itself apart, with Abraham Lincoln's decision to prohibit slavery. Charley thinks a slice of heaven is coming her way. But it's a taste of hell. Her surrogate mother is raped and lynched. Charley is left to burn in the cellar. But she survives, stealing the clothes from a dead man's back to enlist in the army. But clearing land and killing red Indians doesn't seem right. Nor does being a man when Jim, the Indian tracker, joins up…
A moving, gritty and convincing teenage historical drama where love and loyalty take on prejudice and greed.
*Contains scenes of violence and rape