Story for a Black Night

Story for a Black Night

by Clayton Bess
     
 

One dark night, an African father tells the story of another black night long ago when he, Momo, was a small boy—when he lay awake in his house in the bush, with his mother and grandmother and baby sister—when there came a knock on the door and evil crashed into his world. He tells of his strong, loving, gentle-hearted mother and her suffering to the

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One dark night, an African father tells the story of another black night long ago when he, Momo, was a small boy—when he lay awake in his house in the bush, with his mother and grandmother and baby sister—when there came a knock on the door and evil crashed into his world. He tells of his strong, loving, gentle-hearted mother and her suffering to the very edge of death. And he tells of the old giant cottonwood tree that stood as a life spirit to them all. It is a story of beauty and tragedy, of a family confronting danger and dilemma, of a people enduring disorder and change. Its drama will hold the reader spellbound to the end.

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“A riveting meditation on the moral choices that must be made in living.” Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

“A story of horror and beauty, of selfishness and heroic sacrifice and of complicated moral choice. . . . A story for reading together and talking about for a long time.” School Library Journal, Starred

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395318577
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/01/1982
Pages:
84
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Clayton Bess, the author of several books for young readers, has lived for extended periods on both coasts of the United States, in Africa, and in Latin America. Much of his writing comes out of the period he lived and traveled in Africa, where he worked as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Liberia. His travels and experiences, the stories he gathered, and the people he came to know all give his work authenticity and true flavor.

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