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Posted February 11, 2003
An action-packed adventure through time!
What would you do just to make a quick buck? Steal? Kill? Well for Jordan that's easy. Joining a gang was his way of earning some money. The historical-fiction called Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun by Arvella Whitmore is a story about a 12 year-old and how his bad decisions affect him later on in life. In order to go visit his dad he needs airfare (money for an airplane trip). King, the leader of the Cobras (a street gang) sweet-talks him into joining the gang and promises airfare money. Jordan joins and soon after he's about to get a gun. He needs money so he steals his grandpa's rare and prized watch and heads for a pawnshop. All of the sudden he finds himself in the 1800's! Jordan suspects the watch brought him here, so he must find it to get it back. Jordan encounters many problems in the 19th century like slavery (he becomes a slave) and cotton-picking. The setting is important because the watch was passed down through four generations. The date when it was first made Jordan suddenly appeared there. The author chose this setting probably to show the readers how hard life was for African-Americans in the 19th century. I guess this book was pretty cool. It showed me a lot of stuff. I also learned a lot too. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to find out how African-Americans lived back then from a slave's point of view.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.