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The Everlasting Now


In depression-era Alabama, Brother Sayre grows up in his family's boarding house with a number of railroad employees who serve as substitute fathers. Brother strikes up a friendship with Champion, the nephew of his family's maid, who has come south from Detroit.

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In depression-era Alabama, Brother Sayre grows up in his family's boarding house with a number of railroad employees who serve as substitute fathers. Brother strikes up a friendship with Champion, the nephew of his family's maid, who has come south from Detroit.

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Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
"Brother" Sayres is working hard to do the best he can to be the "man" around the house. His father was killed a couple of years ago, and his mother is struggling to run a boarding house and take care of him and his sister. Brother first meets Champion Luckey when he accidentally hits him with a slingshot. Champion has been sent to live with his aunt Lily, who works for Brother's family at the boarding house. Lily has always told Brother that the Great Depression is nothing new for Negroes, whose lives have always been this hard. Champion is Brother's age but he has had experiences Brother has never imagined. When Brother and Champion go into town one day, Brother experiences first hand the effects of racism. He cannot believe good people like his mother allow this to go on. Brother wants to be brave, but when his sister's cat is killed and placed on the front porch as a warning, he is not sure what to do. When Champion is in danger, Brother learns what it really means to be brave. Well paced and compelling to read. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—James "Brother" Longstreet Sayres, 11, has a happy existence despite the circumstances of the Great Depression, and he is content to leave it as such. Things begin to change for him, though, with the arrival of Champion Always Lucky, a nephew of the Sayres's boardinghouse cook. With Champion by his side, Brother learns that sometimes questions need to be asked and life may need to change. This book has a well-worn yet interesting premise. Brother, who is white, lives in a small Southern town when Champion, who is black and from Detroit, enters his life and incites change. The novel is full of action but with little detail, causing the highs and lows of the story to lack resonance, especially the climax involving the bullying local sheriff. A similar circumstance arises with the author's introduction of racism and the community's discord resulting from the boys' friendship. The author uses descriptive language to capture the time and place but does not proffer details that would give the characters and plot more emotional impact.—Naphtali L. Faris, Saint Louis Public Library, MO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561455256
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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