They told him his best friend wasn't human. Robert's father assisted the Underground Railroad. His mother adamantly opposed abolition. His best friend was a black boy named William Henry. As a nation neared its boiling point, Robert found himself in his own painful conflict. The one thing he couldn't do was nothing at all. William Henry is a coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old boy--and an entire country--that comes face to face with the evils of society, even within the walls of the church. In the safety of an uplifting friendship, he discovers the hope of a brighter day.
In this debut historical novel set in the pre?Civil War South, 13-year-old Robert, whose best friend is an African American boy named William Henry, struggles to make sense of slavery and his parents' conflicting stance on it. Gohlke lives in Maryland. Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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September 30, 2006
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