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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Black Duck, It is truely a astounding novel writen for the minds

    Black Duck, It is truely a astounding novel writen for the minds of young readers so they might catch a glimps of true american enjinuity. Stariong Ruben and Jeddy, the two best friends are walking on the beach to "find" crab traps and return them to their owners so they can make a quick 15 cents, thats what kids in their spare time did. Janet Taylor Lisle set the perfect seen of the prohibition of liquir in 1929 in her work to. She showed the danger, risk, and adventure that occours once in a life time. In combinating with this Janet aslo sent a good example of what can happen when friends start to fight, it never ends well and it doesnt help to have money of vast proportions be the sparek to the fight.

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

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    A True Rum-Running Experience!

    I am sad to say that before I read this book, I had no knowledge of the Prohibition at all. Other readers may enjoy this book the same way I did just because they learn something new while being taken back in time almost 100 years. The way the author wrote the chapters with alternating past to present prospectives keeps the reader wanting to read on. And the cliff-hangers leave the reader on the edge of their seats until the end of the ride. Most kids around my age never knew that at one point in time, alcohol was BANNED. Not limited. BANNED! Just the fact that at one time people illegally smuggled in liquor from international waters is interesting. A rum-running story is just naturally exciting. Who wouldn't be interested in high-speed chases and gangs? It's just this kind of adventure that makes reading fun. I'm pretty sure even an adult could learn something and enjoy this book as well. I could just go on and on about this book. It's amazing and I have nothing but praise for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Black Duck Means an Interested Class

    Black Duck is an excellent book for the classroom, especially for some of the more disinterested male students. It tells an interesting story full of mystery, danger, and historical references. Due to the historical nature of the book it can be used in connection with a social studies unit discussion on the time of prohibition. What I particularly like about it though is how it can be used to discuss interview skills and how to write an article. The story is told in flashbacks as a young boy interviews a man who lived through the time and was heavily involved in bootlegging. My male students have found the book particularly intriguing due to the slightly dark nature (due to the crime involved) and the action scenes. The author does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and weaving a web of secrecy that blankets the world of bootlegging. Everyone knew it was going on, but nobody was sure who was really involved, making everyone a suspect in the small town.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

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    The Black Duck paints a strong painting of the prohibition law back in American history. The book shows excellent emotions and feelings in the characters, great transitions from interviews to chapters, and a melancholy yet excellent ending. My favorite part of the book was the author's notes that I truly relished. The only reason why I did not give this book five stars is because I, in my opinion, thought it was lacking some important visual details of the characters and the rum running ships in the novel. But other than that great job Lisle.

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