On the list of things Washington Square would rather be doing, reading ranks right below cleaning his room. In fact, the only thing Washington wants to do on his summer vacation is play basketball, especially with the big tournament right around the corner. But one call from his teacher about his reading grades, and Washington's summer plans are about to be rewritten. Not only have his parents taken away basketball - they're making him read AND travel to East Texas for a family reunion. Could life get any worse?
When Washington tires of his family, he grabs a book and goes off to read. But one swirl of dirt transplants Washington from his family's reunion to the past - where he encounters his ancestors and witnesses the brutal punishment of a slave when he is caught reading. After watching slaves long for something he took for granted, Washington just wants to return home. Will he ever see his family again, or will the circle of dirt keep him trapped in the past forever.
In this amazing time travel book, Teffanie Thompson takes you on a journey into the past that is guaranteed to have you appreciating the present.
|Publisher:||Brown Girls Books, LLC|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dirt – Teffanie Thompson Washington is a young man that doesn't like to read. He would rather go play basketball then go to an old stupid family reunion. But it's not his choice. Washington travels back in time when slaves were punish for knowing how to read. This is a great story for a young person who doesn't think education is important but that rapping or playing some sport is going to make him or her famous. This book puts the importance of reading first and foremost. I want to thank the author for that. This was a story I really enjoyed reading that I am going to let my son read it in a couple of more years. This story had a lot of life lessons that are powerful. The emotional journey I took with the author was phenomenal. I have never read anything by this author but I will definitely will after this read. This book was provided by the author for an honest read. Queenie, Brown Girl Faith Street Team
This is a wonderful story set initially in modern day Houston and moves to slavery days as the main character comes to a realization about something he hates (reading) and why his ancestors have fought so bravely for him to have the right to be able to read. THe book is written in a high-interest reading format targeted at middle school students. I like that the main character is very reachable and as a middle school teacher, I see boys who don't like to read. I think putting this book into a student's hand will encourage them to want to read because of the relevancy of today seen through the story as almost it's own character juxtaposed against life then when so few were allowed to be educated.