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Publisher's Note:

"A must-have"?Booklist (starred review) Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation's history. The book traces the history of African Americans in Tulsa's Greenwood district and chronicles the devastation that occurred in 1921 when a white mob attacked the…

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

by Carole Boston Weatherford

Overall Book Review:

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre briefly tells the story of the destruction of the wealthiest black neighborhood in the early 20th century. Though this is event is one in which hundreds of people lost their lives, homes, and livelihoods, it is one that is not often taught in history classes and one that had not received much attention until recent events placed it in the eye of popular culture. The book does not give many details of the event and paints it only in broad strokes, since it is written for children. The author and illustrator bring a background of personal relationship to the subject matter and story, and this is clear in the way that they tell the story in a heartfelt manner. This story is a good read for children who are interested in history.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Report of a business burned; report of a suspected murder; report of a riot in which many people are killed; aphotograph depicts a fire burning businesses and homes;a large fight in which several people are killed; a riot in which property and buildings are destroyed and hundreds of people are killed.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Racism, segregation, discrimination based on race; lynching (mention); arson; government corruption; rioting; war (reported); description of a massacre in which hundreds were killed, including at least one child.

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My taste in literature leans heavily towards sci-fi, fantasy, and (my favorite) horror, and the latter can present some fairly murky waters for parents to let their children explore. I enjoy novels of both the standard and graphic varieties. Since those genres, and graphic novels in particular, tend to appeal to boys, I hope that I can help other Boy Mommies in their quest to find books that their little video gamers--I mean, future bibliophiles will read and enjoy. When I am not reading, I enjoy tabletop role-playing games, video games, and singing karaoke. I have a wonderful husband who lets me indulge my reading habit by sharing the housework and being a great dad to our genius kids and their faithful hound.