Book Review: Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands

Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands by Susan Carol McCarthy

Author’s website/reviews/summary found Here.

 “[A] noteworthy debut…[and] richly detailed portrait of life in the racist South. McCarthy gives voice to the individuals whose ‘time in the fire’ was Florida in the early 50’s… appropriate for all who wish to reexamine this dark chapter in American history.”

 In the orange-blossom scented spring of 1951, Reesa McMahon is awakened at dawn to learn that the local Klan has brutally murdered her closest friend and mentor, nineteen-year-old Marvin Cully. The killing of this gentle black man, who worked in the McMahons’ orange grove, will turn the genteel town of Mayflower, Florida, into a battleground. 

As violence erupts across the state, and Thurgood Marshall and Harry T. Moore of the NAACP join the McMahons to unmask Marvin’s killers, Reesa’s younger brother becomes the target of a Klansman’s bullet. Reesa’s search to make sense of her town’s soul-killing bigotry will pave the way for our country’s painful steps toward justice, equality, and guaranteed civil rights.
This book was something that I most likely would not have found on my own. There are millions of books out there, I am sure that I miss tons and tons that I should read every year! My mentor teacher is going to start reading this with her tenth grade class this coming week, so I went and picked it up so I could read ahead.  It is a story based around events that had actually happened here in Florida and is a great read along with a mini history lesson about what life was like here in FL in the early fifties.  I am really hoping that the students read along with this book, it is not as action packed as they like, but it is a great story that all should know.  This book has been compared to To Kill A Mockingbird and I can say that it is very comparable.  

I give this book ****

* Wish I never read this book.

** Okay read.

***This was  a good book

****Great book, recommend to all!


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