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Posted September 24, 2013
My 9/10 grade students from Oakland love the book because they can make connections with streets and neighborhoods they are familiar with ,as well as, bringing excitement to their learning and encourages them to reading. The reading level for them is perfect too. The pictures make it even more interesting. So the content is good for anyone who lives or has lived in Oakland. It gives the reader the history of an area of Oakland that was once rich with diversity and culture.
However, the writing could be tighter. The author tends to repeat himself and write in short sometimes choppy sentences. I would have liked more structure in the writing to make the content flow in such a way that the story would come live. I wanted to see more depth with the characters, I wanted to feel as if I were in the clubs like Esther's Orbit Room and Sweet's Ballroom. I know he is writing from the memory of a child, but the embellishments would have been appropriate and would have brought more life to the story. Even so, I am grateful that this book was written.