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Posted December 3, 2013
The story follows Mason and his brothers as they attend a school that used to be all white. Many students, teachers and administrators are not happy that Mason is there. Mason uses his skills on the typewriter to continue to help his father, gain respect from some people and prove that he has an amazing skill.
Why I liked this book –
I like how Ms. Tuck puts explains segregation in a kid-friendly way, from Mason’s POV. It makes it more powerful. The world needs more books like this. I like how Mason preferred a manual typewriter to an electronic one in the typing contest he entered. The book is historical fiction but is based on Ms. Tuck’s father’s experiences during that time period. There is an author’s note at the end of the book with more details about the history and story behind this story. It really added to the book.
Mr. Velasquez’s illustrations were amazing! The expressions on the character’s faces told even more of the story. I love all the details he included in them.
I think this book should be in every household and classroom!
*NOTE I bought my own copy of this boo at a book festival
Posted April 12, 2013
As Fast As Words Could Fly is a wonderful and heartwarming story of courage and triumph. At 14 Mason had experience writing business letters for his father's Civil Rights group, but no experience when he had to live some of what he wrote about. He didn't give in to his fears. Confidence in himself and his ability kept Mason focused on the challenges ahead. Eric Velasquez's dramatic illustration add a powerful impact to the story. I loved this book and recommend it highly. Pamela Tuck is truly a great, inspirational writer and story teller. I look forward (anxiously) to more from her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2013
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