Friday, April 23, 2010


47 has one of the most original premises I've ever come across, a supernatural novel that takes place during slavery. The story centers around a fourteen-year-old slave named 47 who has a difficult life until he meets another slave named Tall John. Tall John is an alien from the planet Elle; he has the ability to heal, a skill which will come in handy.

I really admire the creativity of Walter Mosley. He combines two seemingly different topics seamlessly. This is a novel that I love recommending to sci fi fans during our slavery unit, to compliment their reading of Copper Sun. It is a unique addition to the historical fiction section of any library.

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