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Amanda reviews… Finding Langston

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Published: 2018

Age Range: 10-12

Genre: Historical Fiction

Awards: Coretta Scott King Nominee

Amanda (Piper’s human) read Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome and this is what she thought…

Langston and his father move from Alabama to Chicago after his mother passes away. Langston thinks he will never adjust to city life, but he discovers a lot more about himself and his family than he ever thought would be possible. I ended up enjoying this book, even though I rushed through it before it was due back! It was really nice watching Langston’s personal journey. Reading this book caused a variety of emotions. There are moments of sadness and anger, but you feel a lot of happiness from about halfway through until the end. My favorite character is either Clem or Miss. Fulton. I can’t decide! Both of these characters change throughout the story, and I enjoyed seeing the changes and how it affected Langston.

If I had the chance to change anything about this book, I don’t think I would. I have a hard time wanting to change books based on history. It is easy to wish things never happened or happened differently, but that would change present day. In a perfect world there wouldn’t have been slavery or racial injustice, but this book represents historical events. The book’s main theme is growing up and discovering one’s self. The author does a really good job shaping Langston’s character from start to finish. This really helps the reader see his growth and the journey he goes on both physically and emotionally.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Finding Langston is a wonderful option for the 10-12 age range. It would be great to read while talking about the Great Migration in schools. This is a nice quick read, but it has enough substance even though it is shorter in length.



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