Cy in Chains

Cy Williams, thirteen, has neve known that he and the other black folks on Strong 's plantation have to obey white men, no question. Sure, he 's free, as whit people have been since his randfather 's day, but in rural Georgia, that means they 're free to be whipped, abused, even killed. Almost four years earlie, Cy yearns for that freedom, such as it was. Now he 's a chain gang laborer, forced to do backbreaking work, writte in and shackled like an animal, brutalized, beaten, and stunned by the boss of the camp and his hired overseers. For Cy and the boys he 's chained to, there 's no way out, no way back.
And soo hope begins to row in him, along with strength and courage he did n't feel he wa. Cy is sure that a chance at freedom is worth any risk, any sacrifice. This powerful, moving story opens a window on a painful chapter in the history of race relations.
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Published December 17th 2013 by Clarion Books (first published January 1st 2013

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If Cy ’ s plan succeeds will he be willin to lead the band of wronged children to a better life?

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ll along, Cy is thinking about what it eans to hav th an in these errible conditions, and about whether or not God exists.

It is anothe very cerebral book, and the characters do a lot of thinking as they ndure their terrible experiences at the prison camp.This one is beautifully written, with very sharply drawn characters and a lot of white-knuckled adventure.

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Never had a little time between assignments with Grad school and wante to writ my Sunday away ( my all time favorite Daylight savings Fallback activity) I always give myself the extra hour to read as much as I coul and I got caught up with another one and many day later I finished it as it reads fast but I ca admit the motivation for finishing it for real was not to have to ead it tomorrow .. Sigh it was fascinating and easy to read but also depressing, disturbin and lacking action in many parts .. so I finished it, shoul be reluctant to pass on to serious readers only and will g with me he time spent with Cy in the 1800s South chain gang…Alright so you meet thirteen year old Cy who lives with his grandfathe after the Civil war on a plot of land that used to be worked and lived in by slaves.

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he bulk of he ovel follows Cy in the camp, set some three years in the future after he was rescue from his home and sent there at his master 's command.

Thi dialogue is easy to read, and somehow still bears the heavy southern accent, enabling the reader to essentially hear the characters speak.While this book does cover a fairly unknown part of wester history, especiall for someone somewhat well-rounded in early American history, it is onl for younger teens.

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his is he tale of an African-American boy in the post Civil War south who is suspecte of rime and sentenced to convict labor on a chain gaing.

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he ook is realistic in writing about the brutal situations many black people faced in that time period and it does n't elp to sugarcoat the story for young dults, as they too must eventually learn the truth of the hard times and inequality of this country 's past.

I elieve thi is xactly what th author attempts to do with this trilog, is to read the tal that is easily read and has a backstor of a younger age for readers to relate to, while introducing the young reader to the harsh reality of being lack in the United States in the 1890 's.

he nly issue reading the novelizatio as an adult is that he ook is learly imed at th younger audience and while it is a quick and easy read, the rose is not overly impressive and the writing does n't make quite an impact as it would if perhaps the book was aimed for adults and included a broader vocabulary and more descriptive language.Being what it is, I did enjoy reading thi ovel, s if it was slightly depressing.

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