Out of Shadows

by Jason Wallace
eBook | Pages: 272
Size: 5-1/2 X 8-1/4 | USD: $8.95
ISBN: 9780823426904
Publication Date: May 15, 2012
Age: 14 and up | Guided Reading Level: Z+
Themes: Anti Racism / Black Interest / Own Voices / Activism Conversation Starters, Betrayal, Diversity & Inclusion, Human & Civil Rights, Making Choices, Morals & Values In Conflict
Recommendations: A,C,H,K*,LMC,PW,SLJ*

About the Book

Twelve-year-old Robert Jacklin comes face-to-face with bigotry, racism, and brutality when he is uprooted from England moves to Zimbabwe with his family.

Robert’s father accepts a job at the British Embassy in Zimbabwe, and Robert is enrolled in one of the country’s most elite boys’ boarding schools. Newly integrated, the school is a microcosm of the horrible problems faced by the struggling new country in the wake of a bloody civil war. The white boys want their old country back; they torment the black Africans and wreak havoc among themselves. Robert must make careful alliances. Joining the hostile white boys will protect him from the worst brutality, but it will also make him complicit in their crimes. Robert’s decision to join the ranks of the more powerful has a devastating effect on his conscience and emerging manhood.

Learn more about Jason Wallace and read a book excerpt here.

  • 2010 Costa Children's Book Award
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First novel! Questions for discussion.
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“Sometimes a book takes you somewhere and keeps you there. Honest, brave, and devastating—OUT OF SHADOWS is more than just memorable. It’s impossible to look away.”
—Markus Zusak, author of the New York Times bestselling The Book Thief