Large Print - 2009
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"The year is 1862, and the Civil War rages. On a Virginia tobacco plantation, another kind of battle soon begins. There, Cassius Howard, a skillful carpenter and slave, risks everything--punishment, sale to a cotton plantation, even his life--to learn the truth concerning the murder of Emoline, a freed black woman who secretly taught him to read and once saved his life. It is clear that no one cares about her death in the midst of a brutal and hellish war. No one but Cassius, who braves horrific dangers to avenge her loss"--Cover, p. 4.
Publisher: [Waterville, Me.] : Thorndike, 2009, c2008.
ISBN: 9781410411846
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Full
Characteristics: 569 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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sit_walk Jan 30, 2010

Nominated for an Edgar Award for best first novel.

Oct 13, 2008

Sweetsmoke is the Virginia plantation where Cassius has lived his entire life in slavery. Although his relatively elevated status gives him some amount of freedom, such as driving to town alone, he's still treated with disdain by both his master and fellow slaves. Cassius' routine is interrupted one day by news that a close friend has been murdered, and he is determined to unravel the truth of the crime, although it means he'll have to push the limits of his bondage, and therefore risk his life.

Sweetsmoke was a satisfying and educational read, although not overwhelmingly compelling.


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