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Unstoppable Octobia May de Sharon G. Flake
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Unstoppable Octobia May (edició 2014)

de Sharon G. Flake

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In 1953 ten-year-old Octobia May lives in her Aunt's boarding house in the South, surrounded by an African American community which has its own secrets and internal racism, and spends her days wondering if Mr. Davenport in room 204 is really a vampire--or something else entirely.
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Títol:Unstoppable Octobia May
Autors:Sharon G. Flake
Informació:Scholastic Press (2014), Paperback
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Unstoppable Octobia May de Sharon Flake

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Good audiobook, likeable and bold main character, a bit weird on the story side. The mystery kind of flip flopped around, but this could be a good fit for someone who wants a decisive (though occasionally mistaken) heroine. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
Natasha read it and loved it and passed it on to me. And I'm glad she did. It took me a little while to get used to Octobia's voice: her sentences are often short, and given her fantastic imagination it can sometimes be a challenge to figure out what she's saying. But those are smallish quibbles about a fantastic book. Octobia is living in her aunt's boarding house where she is allowed rather more freedom than her own parents are willing to give her after a catastrophic heart problem. She is immersed in Nancy Drew and the aftermath of WWII, and caught up in the struggles for rights for colored people and women. On top of that, she's trying to solve the mystery of the man upstairs who doesn't sleep at night and may be a vampire.

The entire cast is struggling against stereotypes and discrimination of various kinds, and most are also dealing with the traumas suffered during the war. There is a lot going on here, but the reader doesn't have to take it all on board: the book works well as a conventional sort of intrepid child story, in which villains are unmasked.

Highly recommended to both the middle school audience and to older readers who will enjoy the realistic portrayal of the 50s.

Library copy. ( )
  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
Octobia May is a 10-year old black girl living in post World War ll Pittsburg. She lives with her Aunt Shuma in a boarding house full of a variety of boarders. From the beginning she is convinced that Mr. Davenport, one of the most recent, very mysterious boarders, is a vampire. She cannot help spying on him and opening up the can of secret worms he is hiding.

Octobia May reminds me much of Bud, Not Buddy, with his imaginative adventures and his quest to discover his true identity. This is a story of much more than the mystery Octobia May uncovers; it is also the story of self-discovery. Octobia May never falters in her own belief of herself, and she helps others along the way realize that who she is is just who she is meant to be. ( )
  Dmtcer | May 4, 2016 |
Narrated by Bahni Turpin. This is rather violent for a children's book (murders, kidnapping, guns) although not graphic. It's not just about Harrison and Davenport working in collusion but also dips into civil rights, women's rights, WW2, treatment of blacks in the military, discrimination, "passing," and even Octobia May's heart condition. Maybe that's partly why I had trouble tracking the narrative in audio...so many things going on. Aside from that Octobia May's irrepressible nature comes alive in Turpin's narration. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Octobia May and her loyal friends are appealing characters but this mystery is unevenly plotted. The author tries to work in several themes - the role of African-American soldiers in U.S. wars, civil rights, women's rights, family - but often the plot development points are dropped in randomly with no narrative flow. Bahni Turpin's narration is amusing but the adorable characters cannot overcome a disjointed storyline. ( )
  bookappeal | Jun 30, 2015 |
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