Black was the ink

Black was the ink

Coles, Michelle author.


First edition.

Physical Description
356 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Subject Term
African Americans -- Fiction.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Fiction.
Time travel -- Fiction.
Ghosts -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Genealogy -- Fiction.
Political activists -- Fiction.

Historical fiction.

"Malcolm Williams hasn't been okay for a while. He's angry and despondent and feels like nothing good ever happens for teens like him in D.C. All he wants is to be left alone in his room for the summer to draw or play video games--but no such luck. With growing violence in his neighborhood, his mother ships him off to his father's family farm in Mississippi, and Malcolm is anything but pleased. A few days after his arrival, his great-aunt tells him that the State is acquiring the farm to widen a highway. It's not news Malcolm is concerned about, but someone plans to make it his concern. One minute Malcolm is drawing in the farmhouse attic, and the next he's looking through the eyes of his ancestor Cedric Johnson in 1866. As Cedric, Malcolm meets the real-life Black statesmen who fought for change during the Reconstruction era: Hiram Revels, Robert Smalls, and other leaders who made American history. But even after witnessing their bravery, Malcolm's faith in his own future remains shaky, particularly since he knows that the gains these statesmen made were almost immediately stripped away. If those great men couldn't completely succeed, why should he try? Malcolm must decide which path to take. Can Cedric's experiences help him construct a better future? Or will he resign himself to resentments and defeat?" --

LibraryCall NumberStatus
Hardwood Creek Library (Forest Lake)TEEN FICTION COLTeen Fiction
Oakdale LibraryTEEN FICTION COLTeen Fiction
R.H. Stafford Library (Woodbury)TEEN FICTION COLTeen Fiction
Stillwater Public LibraryTEEN FICTION COLTeen Fiction