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FORTUNES BONES – THE MANUMISSION REQUIEM by Marilyn Nelson with notes and annotations by Pamela Espeland

Posted in reviewku: plunder, young adult fiction, reviewku: poetry (all)


History in verse.

Chorus of voices – grief, joy –

Wrongs that teach us right.


Nitty Gritty:

Young Adult

Verse Novel

Combination of fixed form and free verse poetry (New Orleans style Manumission Requiem)

Shifting POV – multiple narrators

Historical fiction

Non-fiction facts included

Slave history