My Name is Not Friday

My Name is Not Friday Well Mannered Samuel And His Mischievous Younger Brother Joshua Are Free Black Boys Living In An Orphanage During The End Of The Civil War Samuel Takes The Blame For Joshua S Latest Prank, And The Consequence Is Worse Than He Could Ever Imagine He S Taken From The Orphanage To The South, Given A New Name Friday And Sold Into Slavery What Follows Is A Heartbreaking But Hopeful Account Of Samuel S Journey From Freedom, To Captivity, And Back Again

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➶ [Reading] ➸ My Name is Not Friday  By Jon Walter ➫ –
  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • My Name is Not Friday
  • Jon Walter
  • 05 December 2019
  • 9780545855228

10 thoughts on “My Name is Not Friday

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    2017 Reading Challenge title contains day of week or month

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    I WROTE THIS REVIEW FOR KIDSREADS TEENREADS.COM.MY NAME IS NOT FRIDAY is a superb book and even though it is just the start of 2016, I believe that we will find MY NAME IS NOT FRIDAY on many 2016 best books lists This historical fiction novel features 13 year old Samuel, an African American boy who has spent half his life in an orphanage run by Father Mosely after his mother died giving birth to his baby brother, Joshua Considering that Samuel is alive during the height of the Civil War, his life in the orphanage is a much better fate than life as a slave as he and the other boys are fed twice a day and have even been taught to read.Samuel and Joshua are polar opposites Joshua is described as, a thief who won t even learn to spell his own name p 11 While Samuel is described as, a saint, the very brightest and the best I ve had the pleasure to teach p 11 Joshua is always causing some sort of mischief and is always in trouble When Joshua commits his most egregious offense yet, Samuel steps in and takes the blame in order to protect Joshua from further punishment However, Samuel s selfless act has unimagined consequences that will change the entire course of his life, because as punishment for his actions, Samuel is sold to a slave trader.Gloucester, the slave trader, takes Samuel down south to a slave auction, but before he is given over to the auctioneer he is renamed Friday and presented with forged papers Friday is paraded before the audience and the bidding begins his fate is quickly decided This boy has bought me This white boy who don t even look as old as I am He owns me body and soul, and my worth has been set at six hundred dollars p 49.Gerald, the boy who bought Friday, is the heir to a cotton plantation in Mississippi and this is where Friday is destined to spend the rest of his days It is decided that Friday s time will be split between working in the house and working in the fields But than another slave, Gerald was looking for a friend when he bought Friday, so Friday must navigate the relationship between slave owner and slave in addition to adjusting to his new life.As Friday wasn t raised in or around slavery much of the rules of the institution are new and shocking to him Viewing slavery through Friday s eyes allows the reader to reconsider this institution in a na ve and innocent way that only serves to highlight its horrors In this way it reminds me of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS by John Boyne and the innocent perspective it provided on WWII and the Holocaust.As a literacy professional, one of my favorite parts of MY NAME IS NOT FRIDAY is its focus on the power of literacy As it is commonly known, it was illegal for slaves to learn to read and write this was just one of the many ways slaves were oppressed and one of the means of continuing the institution of slavery for so long However, as Friday was raised in an orphanage for free colored children, he was taught to read and write Friday is unaware of the enormity of this gift and knowledge until he realizes that no other slave around him can read This realization launches Friday on a new path that provides him with a mission and purpose The results are both inspiring and heartbreaking.If I was forced to name one flaw in MY NAME IS NOT FRIDAY I think it would be the fact that the book ends on a positive note with everything tying together nicely I don t mean to say that horrible things don t happen along the way to Friday and others, as they certainly do, but ultimately the ending seems to be a neatly wrapped package with a pretty bow on top I have struggled quite a bit with my feelings about this ending as I came to love Samuel Friday and I wanted everything to turn out for him, but many of the ending events seemed too convenient and implausible based upon the rest of the story and the realities of the time period.I highly recommend MY NAME IS NOT FRIDAY and think that it adds a new perspective on a period of time and an institution that has been extensively examined and written about I am amazed that the author, Jon Walter, who is British and a white man, writing as an outsider on several accounts was able to capture this time period in American history with so much depth and texture I will definitely be on the lookout for future books by Walter as I think that he is an author to watch.

  4. says:

    MY NAME S NOT FRIDAY is an absolute treasure of a book Beautiful, moving and exciting A total stunner and utterly faultless from start to finish I cannot sing its praises loud enough

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    Keine leichte Lekt re, da es sehr viel Rassismus und Gewalt enth lt Es schockiert mich zutiefst, wie man damals People of Colour behandelt hat und wie man sie als Eigentum betrachtete Es ist wirklich bitter davon zu lesen.Die Geschichte wirkt dadurch erschreckend real und sehr spannend.

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    This reminded me of both Twelve Years a Slave and Buffalo Girl a stolen free child is forced into slavery and survives the ordeal through to the coming of the Civil War to his plantation and attempts at escape and a return to his family.Buffalo Girl follows its protagonist, as this does, through the ordeal of what it was to be a slave and through to the battles facing them after emancipation as the war did little to help former workers into equal lives with their former owners It was also aimed as young adults, as I believe this is.Samuel is a boy himself when he is taken from his orphanage and education, and brother , blamed for something he did not do, finding himself with a new slave name and having to pretend illiteracy, working in the cotton fields, owned by a boy no older than himself.It isn t as brutal as I had feared, which makes it much palatable for a younger audience than Twelve Years a Slave Samuel Friday uses his beliefs to try to make the best of his situation and to try and find a purpose in it, something I personally can t understand, but it works in the context of the story.Samuel s own talents and background show that he can make a difference to others, we all can the power of an education is shown to be a wonderful and enviable thing There are some surprising scenes in here, some involving female characters acting in unexpected ways, and while this does keep away from graphic violence and sexual acts that surely would have occurred, there are deaths, there is savage injury, and there is the expected language towards the slaves occasional and again, not overly graphic I found the ending uplifting if slightly contrived, though I was glad it closed as it did This could open the way to KS3 KS4 lessons on American history slavery and issues of civil rights discussions I would read by Walter, this captured Samuel s voice very well and took you into the period and danger of the setting Suitable for ages 12 and above.

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    I tried really hard to like this book because it got great reviews and has a good premise But I couldn t see what all the fuss was about The opening lines are great They grabbed my attention and I wanted to read , but characters weren t as strong as they could beAlso, I found it really unrealistic that race was not a part of describing characters The first mention of race occurs on page 39 with the use of the n word Very poor execution I think race differences would have been taught to Samuel at a very young age and he would make note of race when describing characters.Also, the cover with the figure is problematic Why is he jet black His pants can be brown but he has to be the color of ink Really This book might be good for teachers as part of a curriculum, but there s very little chance a child teen would pick this up on their own.

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    Rather slow, and starts early on with Samuel aka Friday getting kicked out of his orphanage because someone has defecated on the altar of the church, and he admits to it That was a bit odd This author has some work to do before he really understands middle grade, no matter what David Fickling has to say in his effusive foreword Maybe it s the difference between British fiction and US Don t think this would work with my students at all.

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    And I could be Moses I really could p.170Friday, whose real name is Samuel, is on a mission from God It may sound hokey or preachy to you but it s actually quite poignant by the end of the book.Initially, his mission is his younger brother, Joshua Since his mother dies birthing Joshua, Samuel is tasked with taking care of his brother and making she he behaves at the orphanage while they are placed But that act of protection is what lands Samuel in the hands of a rogue slave trader, who renames the boy Friday He is then bought by young Gerald Allen, who is Friday s age and simply wants a friend But Mrs Allen, Gerald s stepmother, has other ideas Friday feels indignant about not only being captured but being enslaved by the Allens and doesn t feel like he should be a slave It isn t until he finds purpose in his new mission teaching the other slaves to read and write that he accepts his placement at the Allens as an act of the Lord.I admit that I love historical fiction but I know it s not everyone s cup of tea Especially when it s that it s a difficult issue like slavery to boot I can t lie, I read this book thinking, I m going to be mad by the end of this And there are several places in the book where they use language that definitely rubs me the wrong way But the pros outweigh all that You get to see this whole other side to the experience of a young man living in captivity through Samuel If you re a sucker for an uplifting story, this is it I don t want to say it glamorizes slavery, because there really is nothing glamorous about that dark time in history, but it focuses on this kid s humanity and the fact that he s than just someone s property, basically taking some of the ugliness away from his experience Friday has hope and dreams of becoming a teacher, so he plays that out by teaching other people to read like he can He s angry, of course, but he s also humble and smart and just real I also think it s cool that it lays reference to another famous book in a round about way One of the other characters, Lizzie, references the story of Nat Turner, a rogue slave who rouses a posse and goes around killing white people during that time William Styron wrote The Confessions of Nat Turner, which is an American classic So the book gives you reading suggestions without even trying For me, that s something I m always looking for.

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    I loved this book I like the cover of the version I read better than the one featured above, though Samuel is abducted from an orphanage sometime during the Civil War Time and place are intentionally vague, though the author based scenes and dialogues on primary source documents Samuel and every character in the novel resonate with authenticity The story follows Samuel as he is betrayed and enslaved and sold to a widow and son with a struggling slave labor camp of cotton If I have one quibble, it is that Mrs Allen and especially young Gerald are empathetic to people of color than someone in their stations normally would be Gerald s kindness softened Samuel s experience in unrealistic ways, like not receiving punishment for hitting his white master That said, the quite moments of cruelty, like when Mrs Allen stole the enslaved woman Lizzie s chickens, my heart ached Readers will immediately feel Lizzie s grief and anger at losing her valued property, property that provided the meager sustenance upon which everyone in her shack depended Yet the language and torture of the period are either omitted or gentled enough for younger readers I loved the pacing and how the story and plot continually advanced It did not remain mired in the futile existence of the enslaved, but carried Samuel into the war efforts, from a carpetbagging undertaker to an existential Union major I also love the shape of this novel, how it wraps around on itself Although for anyone familiar with how thoroughly and systematically the forty acres and a mule offer was savaged and reversed after Lincoln s death, the hopeful ending will read as bittersweet Seriously, a fabulous book filled with heart.

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