This story is just full of opportunities for tragedy. In flight logs, letters and stories, the tale of how a white American woman, her white daughter and black son came to live in Ethiopia…and what happened during the years leading up to World War II. There are strange twists and turns in the relationships between the family, the land, and its people.
I hear “sweeping” frequently used when describing movies that have panoramic vistas; I must say that the word feels like it fits here so well. The descriptions of the land and the views the characters have while flying are amazing. Maybe, too, it is because of my ignorance of that time and area. I just have always imagined that the towns and cities, though probably choked with people, are few and far between. In my mind’s eye I see a massive amount of open spaces with small islands of city.
This is a powerful story, especially when you think about the time period. In 1935 America, what would happen to Teo? Would living in Ethiopia be a better deal for him, what with racism and restrictions for blacks in the US during that time? Would he and Em still be able to be close as brother and sister?
Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein was published march 21, 2015 by Disney Hyperion. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher, the Author and NetGalley.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Historical Action/Adventure Diversity
Ages: 13 and up
COYER Scavenger Hunt #50: Read a book that contains all the letters in the word BLACK. (4 points)