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With Every Drop of Blood: Reviewed

Author:James and Christopher Collier
Reading Level (Conceptual):Children 8 and up
Reading Level (Vocabulary):Children 8 and up
Year of publication:1997

A review by a 10 year old reader...

I liked With Every Drop of Blood, but it was sad. I never have understood how people thought they were better, and smarter, and deserved a better life than black people just because they looked different.

There were two main characters: Johnny and Cush. Johnny is a white kid whose dad got killed in the civil war. When his dad died he left Johnny, his mom and his two younger siblings Sam and Sarah alone. They needed food and money (and Johnny wanted to revenge his dad's death) so Johnny went teamstering food in a wagon for the rebel soldiers.

Cush is a black slave who ran away from his master to be a union soldier. He is about Johnny's age. He ends up capturing Johnny while he's on his teamstering mission and later on becoming his friend.

I think Johnny was a good character. But it took him a long time to realize that Cush was just as smart as him even though he was black. So none of his escape plans fooled Cush.

Even though it's sad, With Every Drop of Blood is an okay book.

Fizzy, age 10

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