Michael Leali

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Amos Abernathy is a 13-year-old who loves volunteering at the living history museum in Illinois that is managed by his mother. He's openly gay and develops a crush on Ben Oglevie, another junior volunteer who comes from a more conservative family and is uncertain about his identity. Researching local history with his friends, Amos discovers the story of Albert D.J. Cashier, a real-life Civil War soldier who would most likely be considered a trans man under modern day definitions.

The book alternates with letters Amos writes to Albert as kind of a diary, and an account of a single eventful day at the museum where all the plots of the book culminate. It's an interesting way to tell a story and I enjoy the plot threads of Amos, Ben, Amos' mother, and Amos' best friend Chloe, a Black girl who wants to become an apprentice blacksmith. The novel can get didactic at times, but I think it does a good job for middle-grade readers of how the history of LGBTQ and BIPOC is both deliberately and accidentally overlooked, and how allies with the best intentions can still fail at diversity and inclusion. Plus, I love a story about kids who are geeky about history and museums.… (mer)
Othemts | 3 andra recensioner | Jul 11, 2024 |
I love the messages of this book -- that there are so many voices from history that get lost in the dominant narrative, and that we need to seek them out and remember them. I love that Amos is so into history and recreation, and the great friendships in this book. I also love the format -- bouncing back and forth from a letter-style diary to a current moment event. And I love Amos' humility when he catches himself prioritizing his own experiences/interest and then takes a step back to acknowledge white privilege. I love Chloe as a character, and I love what she has to say. I love that Amos' mom messes up, realizes it, apologizes, takes action, and moves on. I love that this happens more than once -- she's a great model for how to mess up and do better and we all need those.

Things I didn't love -- Meredith Simmons is a typical mean girl, but Amos is also a total jerk to her from first page to last. True to life? Probably. I felt like it relied a little too heavily on a one-dimensional bad guy.
… (mer)
jennybeast | 3 andra recensioner | Jun 7, 2024 |
This was the cutest thing I've read in a while!

Full of history I didn't know and characters I would hang out with when I was their age, I just loved this!

At first the jumps in time were a bit confusing, but I really enjoyed this book. 10/10 would recommend.
Danielle.Desrochers | 3 andra recensioner | Oct 10, 2023 |
A middle grade novel about really hot button topics—the struggle of deciding who decides what makes accurate history, and whose stories are told. Compelling characters and story. The back and forth flashback chapters were a little confusing, and while I understand Amos as the point-of-view character, I thought it did the other characters (his friends) a bit of a disservice to only see them through his eyes.
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