Brotherhood

Brotherhood The year is and Richmond Virginia lies in ruins By day fourteen year old Shadrach apprentices with a tailor and sneaks off for reading lessons from Rachel a freed slave who runs a school for

  • Title: Brotherhood
  • Author: A.B. Westrick
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The year is 1867, and Richmond, Virginia, lies in ruins By day fourteen year old Shadrach apprentices with a tailor and sneaks off for reading lessons from Rachel, a freed slave who runs a school for black children By night he follows his older brother to the meetings of a brotherhood, newly formed to support Confederate widows and grieving families like his As the trueThe year is 1867, and Richmond, Virginia, lies in ruins By day fourteen year old Shadrach apprentices with a tailor and sneaks off for reading lessons from Rachel, a freed slave who runs a school for black children By night he follows his older brother to the meetings of a brotherhood, newly formed to support Confederate widows and grieving families like his As the true murderous mission of the brotherhood now known as the Ku Klux Klan emerges, Shad is trapped between his pledge to them and what he knows is right In this unflinching view of the bitter animosity that stemmed from economic and social upheaval in the South during the period of Reconstruction, it s clear that the Civil War has ended, but the conflict isn t over.

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    1. Brotherhood, by A.B. Westrick, is a powerful lesson in situational ethics, how our upbringing, world events, and personal ties shape us, and how we struggle to distinguish right from wrong in our own minds and hearts. Brotherhood is about a young boy coming of age, questioning his conscience, wondering who to trust; it’s about family, country, history, race, prejudice, injustice, and so much more. I found myself immediately hooked on the story of the young Shadrach Weaver, trying desperately t [...]

    2. Based on ARCThis book depicts literary conflict flawlessly. Young Shad is reminiscent of Huck Finn--he is steeped in the ways of the South (including the KKK), but finds himself attending a secretive Colored school to learn to read. He has to choose between the Brotherhood, which includes his family and neighbors, and his new friends. To make sure his friends are safe means to betray his family. Westrick is also a master at setting. The reader is set firmly in post-Civil War Richmond, Virginia. [...]

    3. “The Civil War has ended, but the conflict isn’t over.” Outstanding treatment of a sensitive and controversial topic: the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in Reconstruction South, specifically Richmond, VA. Appropriately, the protagonist is a white teen boy caught in conflicting currents of loyalties, commitments and aspirations. The reader is swept along with his ambivalence (and occasional stupidity) as he treads this murky maze.“Those who survive in Richmond reinvent themselves as circumstanc [...]

    4. “The Klan was a good thing…the brotherhood, the chickensMen supporting on anotherey were part of a brotherhood that cared for widows and Confederate orphans and the rest. But this business about burning a colored school? Shad couldn’t let the Klan do it.” (Pg. 229)Ah yes--a YA novel on the Reconstruction and the Klu Klux Klan told from their point of view—poor white men scared and reluctant to acknowledge the intelligence and equality of the colored population… I am so intrigued!—a [...]

    5. Exciting story about a boy growing up in Richmond, Virginia a few years after the Civil War has ended. Westrick's in-depth research about the era shows. The story and characters remain with me long after I've finished reading this book!

    6. In Brotherhood by A. B. Westrick is a historical fiction book published in 2013 is based off the K.K.K. In 1867, in Richmond, Virginia, a 14 year old boy named Shadrach Weaver apprentices with a tailor. Shadrach's brother, Jeremiah, is a K.K.K. member, and one night when Shadrach tries to follow his brother to one of the meetings he is caught and joins the K.K.K. When Jeremiah is arrested by the Yankees for killing a white man, Shadrachs life changes. In chapter 5, When Shadrach is captured, he [...]

    7. This book is a book about a child living in the Reconstruction period in the South. While the Civil War is over, there is still strife about African-American people and carpetbaggers, people from the Northern states to take advantage of the South's poor economic state. A young boy is torn apart by his peers' pressure to join the KKK and helping former slaves. A GREAT book to read about a controversial issue. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    8. Brotherhood is a novel that tell the story of a fiction character named Shadrach "Shad" Weaver. Shad lives in Richmond, Virginia during the post-Civil War period. Throughout the story Shad goes through a lot of inner conflict. The main conflict is that he was always taught the colored people were below him and that being white made you better than a colored person, but after meeting a colored girl that is very intelligent Shad starts to think differently and he starts to become very close to a g [...]

    9. A.B. Westricks Brotherhood is a great story about keeping oaths and self conflicting decisions. Shadrach Weaver is a young man around the age of 13.In Richmond, Virginia, 1867, his family has just gone through a major loss due to his father's death in the civil war, and now his brother is respected as the man of the house and the eventual successful of his grandfather in Weavers Fine Tailoring, even if he hasnt been in the shop since before his father died. Shad has wondered what his brother bee [...]

    10. Brotherhood is a novel that tell the story of a fiction character named Shadrach "Shad" Weaver. Shad lives in Richmond, Virginia during the post-Civil War period. Throughout the story Shad goes through a lot of inner conflict. The main conflict is that he was always taught the colored people were below him and that being white made you better than a colored person, but after meeting a colored girl that is very intelligent Shad starts to think differently and he starts to become very close to a g [...]

    11. When a book starts out with a disclaimer from the author about a subject matter, it can be either a good sign or a bad sign. In the case of A.B. Westrick's "Brotherhood" it's a little of both. Set in Richmond, Virginia in 1867, "Brotherhood" follows the story of Shadrich Weaver who wants nothing more than to be a man like his older brother Jeremiah, but in the process of doing so learns more about right and wrong than he ever intended. The book is a bit of a frame story that starts out with Jere [...]

    12. A very interesting look at the torn loyalties of a boy who is simultaneously part of the KKK and getting reading lessons from a freed slave girl, and the complicated emotions and motivations of the people living in Reconstruction Virginia. While I was not entirely sold on the basic premise (Shad's dyslexia meant that he was not getting help elsewhere, but his overriding drive to learn to read at all costs didn't quite feel sincere)what I did really enjoy was the exploration of the many reasons w [...]

    13. All I feel about Brotherhood is conflict. On one hand, I liked learning more about the Civil war era South, and the rebuilding of it after the war, but on the other hand, I didn't really care for the actual story. Or the main character, Shad. And I sort of have a clear reason to why I dislike him - he's a jerk."Oh, it's fine to associate with them in private, but I gotta snub my nose at 'em in public." I didn't like that about him. He spent so much of his time worrying about what other people th [...]

    14. I have so many feelings about this book. The topic of the book (two brothers joining the KKK) is a hard one to read, it is hard for most people now to understand why anyone would join it and how they could be so hateful towards a group of people. However, A.B. Westrick handled this topic beautifully. Jeremiah is the hated older brother, and trust me, you despise him. He is a horrible person. As a reader you pity Shad and Jeremiah's mother for everything she lost and having to hold everything tog [...]

    15. For those who love history this book is definitely for You. Brotherhood takes you back to the period of time right after the end of the civil war. We see what life is like from the point of view of a southerner. The main character, Shadrach, is dealing with the mixed feelings with where his loyalties should be. He makes friends with some of the African-American children in town. At the same time he joins the KKK to be like his older brother and to make his mother proud. When everything hits the [...]

    16. Brotherhood is about a boy named Shad. This book takes place after the Civil War. Shad’s father died during the war so he lives with his brother and his mother. His Granddaddy owns a tailoring business. One day while he was walking a girl named Rachel pinned him up against a tree. She wanted a dress made for someone named Abigail. When he got home his mom told him he forgot to get the measurements of the person for the dress. So he went to Rachel’s house and got the measurements. He also end [...]

    17. This is a very well written historical fiction set in the South after the Civil War. It is hard to like the book, though, since I can't really sympathize with the main characters and their racist attitudes. But I think it is very effective in conveying the time period and motivations of Southerners post-war.

    18. Fantastic read to spark discussions with young people about slavery, racism, and how our country is continually evolving.

    19. The story "Brotherhood" was an interesting book. The setting is taken place in 1867 after the American civil war. Two brothers Shad and Jeremiah living with their mom. Jeremiah is always being a troubled kid and Shad is always wanting to be like him. The police came busting through the door and arrested Jeremiah because the thing he has done bad was meant to be arrested for. As usual, Jeremiah ended up innocent and was sent home. Shad then follows Jeremiah one night to see what he's up to. Jerem [...]

    20. Jake Walford January book report For my January book report, I decided to read Brotherhood by AB Westrick. This book was very interesting and I enjoyed it a lot. It was about the ending of the civil war where Shad is a grandson of a tailor and gets invited to be a part of the KKK (Ku klux Klan) when he doesn't necessarily want to be. HE followed his brother to a meeting and gets initiated into the KKK. He later has to go up to a house for the tailoring business to get measurements to a dress. Jo [...]

    21. In the book Brotherhood by A.B Westrick is a historical fiction book about fourteen year old Shadrach Weaver. This book is about coming of age, being torn between wrong or right, and finding love. I enjoyed this book because it dives into the start of the KKK (Klu Klux Klan) for example on page 42 Shadrach was getting certified into the KKK and he was second guessing and knew what he was doing was wrong. I feel that young Shadrach is wanting to feel accepted by his Brother and grandfather and th [...]

    22. Very goodI found this book very interesting. It gave the perspective of what it was like to live in post-war southern Virginia from several angels. It showed how it was to be a free black and a Yankee in the south trying to help the free blacks. It also gave insight on why some people joined the clan and how they felt about the Yankees living in their town. Through the main character you get to see the conflicts he feels when he befriends the black women, children and the Yankee teacher which go [...]

    23. Few novels take place during Reconstruction. This YA book does. It is written from the perspective of a young teen-age Virginian whose penniless, anti-slavery father toiled on slave owner's leased land and fell at Chancellorsville with 31,000 odd unfortunate ones. Most Goodreaders bought it for their children and ended up voraciously reading it and enjoying it. Stimulating plot and valuable learning about this post-War of the States period, including the rapport between loyalists and Yankee love [...]

    24. Brotherhood by A.B. Warwick was an incredible story to me. It puts the reader into the mind of a 14 year old boy that's named Shadrach and how he is raised to believe that colored people are a threat. The whole main idea of the story is absolutely amazing to me because it shows how a person can be raised to believe to one thing and they start to form their own opinions and start to think how they aren't that different than the other thing. I love that the author put us in the mind of kid and how [...]

    25. Setting: Richmond, two years after the Civil WarCharacter: Shad, a fourteen-year-old boy who's father died in the warPlot: Shad follows his older brother and joins the KKK without much of a clue as to what they really do. Around the same time, he secretly starts taking reading lessons from a former slave

    26. Ok. Set during Reconstruction, a younger brother learns about the world he lives in. Coming of age story.

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