Cezanne Pinto: A Memoir

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From a Newbery Honor author comes a rich historical novel, at once a fictionalized slave narrative and a riveting adventure story. Near the end of his life, Cezanne Pinto recalls his daring childhood escape from slavery and the varied landscapes of his hard-won freedom. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

In his old age Cezanne Pinto recalls his youth as a slave on a Virginia plantation and his escape to a new life in the North.

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Overview

From a Newbery Honor author comes a rich historical novel, at once a fictionalized slave narrative and a riveting adventure story. Near the end of his life, Cezanne Pinto recalls his daring childhood escape from slavery and the varied landscapes of his hard-won freedom. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

In his old age Cezanne Pinto recalls his youth as a slave on a Virginia plantation and his escape to a new life in the North.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW gave a starred review to this fictional first-person account from a slave boy who escapes to freedom: "Stolz dazzles with the scope of her vision, challenging her audience to reconsider American history through the eyes of those who, until recently, had little hand in writing it." Ages 12-up. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Historical fiction at its best, readers are drawn into the tale of Cezanne Pinto. He escapes via the Underground Railroad to a farm in Canada and develops a love for horses. Throughout the story, Stolz illuminates famous people and events of the times, providing a richer understanding of history from a very different perspective. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Stolz invites her readers to suspend disbelief and to read this tale as an actual memoir. She largely succeeds. The day that Cezanne Pinto walked away from slavery in Virginia, he decided he was 12 years old. Now in his old age, he recounts his experiences. His story is a moving panorama of life as a black boy and man in the years before, during, and after the Civil War. Cezanne escapes, makes his way by foot and by Underground Railroad to Canada via Philadelphia, returns to Pennsylvania and hitches on with a Northern cavalry unit at the end of the Civil War, travels to Texas and works as a cowboy, and finally goes to Chicago to learn and to teach. The numerous turns of fortune suggest that he is larger than life, but his shortcomings as well as his strengths are revealed. Stolz laces bits of history into the narrative, introducing facts where they fit. The text is conversational, with much of it in dialect. As Cezanne becomes committed to learning and speaking more formal English, his effort is reflected by subtly evolving language. He is revealed as a complex and rich character, filled with sorrow and fortitude. A compelling book that would make an outstanding companion to Virginia Hamilton's Anthony Burns (Knopf, 1988).-Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679889335
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2010

    Cezanne Pinto Review

    Cezanne Pinto was a good book. It was kind of average in the beginning but in
    the middle and end it was unique. It had good detail and it was entertaining. In the middle it really showed the attitude and feelings of the characters.
    I recommend this book to elementary teachers and childern. It was very easy for me to read and understand and wasn't graphic at all. This makes it an idle book for young people. It had its exciting and its calm parts;it wasn't boring by any means.
    It kept my attention well and taught me a little about how we value the people we meet and how others effect us.The characters were very maturely developed. The story could have been longer and more detailed at the end. It was as if the author was in a rush at the end. Cezanne Pinto was a enjoyable book over all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    Very Disapointing

    I was really expecting more from this book. First of all, the reader finds out the ending in the first chapter, which ruins any potential suspense. Had the ending not have been known, it would be a different story, but what's the point of reading a book if you know the ending??? I also found it excruciatingly boring and pointless.

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