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The Sittin' Up
ISBN: 9780147514295
Author: Moses, Shelia P.
Publisher: Puffin
Published: January 2015
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: The National Book Award Finalist returns to the setting of The Legend of Buddy Bush in the aftermath of Bean's adopted grandfather's death, a painful loss which prompts a community wake that is overshadowed by an impending storm.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.00" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Middle School, Historical Fiction
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
Mr. Bro. Wiley, a hundred-year-old former slave, has died surrounded by loved ones, namely the family of twelve-year-old narrator Bean Jones. As preparations for the funeral and "sittin' up" commence, readers are introduced to the rural North Carolina community of Low Meadows. It's a rich tapestry that Moses creates, and the reader always feels wrapped in the community s warmth.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #1)
It's 1940, almost a century since Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that changed Mr. Bro. Wiley's life. The hundred-year-old former slave has just died, surrounded by loved ones--the family of twelve-year-old narrator Bean Jones with whom the old man has lived since his wife's passing. Mr. Bro. Wiley's death allows Bean to experience an important rite of passage on his way to becoming a man: he is taking part in the funeral and "sittin' up." As preparations commence, readers are introduced to the close-knit cast of characters from the rural North Carolina community of Low Meadows, all of whom revered the "old slave man" and deeply mourn his passing. Bean's lively narration touches on the history of slavery and sharecropping that shaped many of the characters' lives. It also allows for plenty of humorous observations of the characters, from the town drunk to the preacher to the woman in red who shocks the good church ladies. There is also tragedy, with a climactic Hurricane Katrina-like storm. At times the pacing suffers from all the side stories; the actual sittin' up is a long time coming. However, it's a rich tapestry that Moses (The Legend of Buddy Bush) creates, and the reader always feels wrapped in the warm arms of this loving community. Fans of Christopher Paul Curtis will find some new friends here in Low Meadows. robin l. smit Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 January)

Gr 5–8—The year is 1940, and Mr. Bro. Wiley of the Low Meadows community near Rich Square, North Carolina, has died. The last man in the area who was born a slave, he was beloved by his friends and neighbors. The Stanbury Jones family, with whom he lived after his wife died, is especially saddened by his death. Three quarters of the book describes in excruciating detail the reaction of individual members of the community to his death and their preparations for the sittin' up. (As was customary, the deceased was returned to the house the day before the funeral so that mourners could view the corpse, say their final good-byes, reminisce about the departed, and enjoy a bountiful meal.) The story is told by Bean Jones, who loved Mr. Bro. Wiley and, at almost 12, is just old enough to attend his first sittin' up. The night of the event, Low Meadows floods and the residents evacuate to the town of Rich Square, where they remain until the waters recede. The whites and the coloreds (the term used throughout the book) work together with the Red Cross to help those affected. This is more of a description than a story of a close-knit community on the verge of major changes in the way African Americans are viewed and treated. There is very little action, and the subject of historical funeral rites will appeal to a limited audience.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC

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