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Book review: "The Night I Saved John Brown"

Book review: "The Night I Saved John Brown"

June 10, 2008|By SIDNEY LITTLE / Pulse Correspondent

"The Night I Saved John Brown" is an adventurous, realistic fiction story of a 13-year-old boy, Josh Connors. It's set in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Josh, the main character, lives in a redneck family. Josh has two older brothers and a new friend, Luke Richmond. His father is a grouchy, unpleasant jerk, but Josh's mother is sweet and caring. She does what she can to protect her youngest child, Josh, from his fearsome father.

In the book, Josh goes through many adventures with his friend Luke. Josh's father hates having all the Harpers Ferry tourists walking outside his front door, so no one in Josh's family ever uses the front door.

Josh doesn't know why his dad is always mad, or why he doesn't like the new priest from the church next door. Josh doesn't want to live with a mean father. Josh tries to make the best out of everything, but his father keeps butting in and turning Josh's fun to punishment.

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This book had me at the edge of my seat. I kept reading and reading - it's 276 pages long, but is a fast read - till before I knew it, the book explained everything: Harpers Ferry and John Brown (who led a pre-Civil War revolt against American slavery) and why Josh's dad always seems angry at him.

But you have to read the book yourself to find the answers.

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