Trapped between Lash and Gunby Arvella Whitmore
Jordan is going to join a gang. But just as he's about to start his future with the Cobras, his past calls him back. Way backto the nineteenth-century, where he meets his ancestors and gets a bitter taste of what life was like for them as slaves. Jordan must live with the constant threat of the whip's lash. His journey back in time will strike a chord with… See more details below
Jordan is going to join a gang. But just as he's about to start his future with the Cobras, his past calls him back. Way backto the nineteenth-century, where he meets his ancestors and gets a bitter taste of what life was like for them as slaves. Jordan must live with the constant threat of the whip's lash. His journey back in time will strike a chord with any young person who has felt trapped by hard times and difficult choices.
Whitmore smoothly weaves the strands of history with the quest for personal identity into a story that powerfully illustrates the horrors of slave life. This would be excellent supplementary reading for anyone studying the Civil War or the role that slavery played in the evolution of American culture. Most teens will not pick this up on their own (although the cover art and title may spark interest), so it is an excellent candidate for classroom booktalking.
VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
Meet the Author
Arvella Whitmore's children's novels include The Bread Winner, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Book in the Field of Social Studies. She and her husband reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Hello, I have read this story twice. The first time I read in the book and next I listen on tape. This book is good. I think this book is for sixth grade and up. It had some bad language in there. I really like this book. You have to buy it. Holla and me I'm from East Saint Louis
What would you do just to make a quick buck? Steal? Kill? Well for Jordan that's easy. Joining a gang was his way of earning some money. The historical-fiction called Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun by Arvella Whitmore is a story about a 12 year-old and how his bad decisions affect him later on in life. In order to go visit his dad he needs airfare (money for an airplane trip). King, the leader of the Cobras (a street gang) sweet-talks him into joining the gang and promises airfare money. Jordan joins and soon after he's about to get a gun. He needs money so he steals his grandpa's rare and prized watch and heads for a pawnshop. All of the sudden he finds himself in the 1800's! Jordan suspects the watch brought him here, so he must find it to get it back. Jordan encounters many problems in the 19th century like slavery (he becomes a slave) and cotton-picking. The setting is important because the watch was passed down through four generations. The date when it was first made Jordan suddenly appeared there. The author chose this setting probably to show the readers how hard life was for African-Americans in the 19th century. I guess this book was pretty cool. It showed me a lot of stuff. I also learned a lot too. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to find out how African-Americans lived back then from a slave's point of view.