Reviews for the Book 2 in the
They Said I Couldn't Do It
John Mercer Langston was born in the south in the mid-1800's to a white man and a freed slave woman. If you're like me, you have never heard of him. But you should.
Langston was faced with every challenge imaginable attempting to garner a proper education. But he never gave up. He took each challenge with stride and expanded his knowledge of not just the law, but of theology and how to eloquently break down an argument and building up a strong one.
It is pretty historically accurate and with it being in first person narrative, it truly feels like you are hearing Langston speak, himself. You not only read what happened, but how he perceived it.
Highly recommend for fans of history or those just wanting to have more knowledge of Black history and its prominent players.
1800s slavery in what would become the United States is an emotive subject. If handled badly, or deliberately ‘Hollywood-esque’ stereotypical, a novel can be at best an uninteresting read, at worst, bordering on racism. It Happened On Fifth Street, however, is neither. It’s a super novel with a delicate subject matter sensitively handled. Equally, the timeslip element is well done, in a believable manner.
The author takes us into a different world, where attitudes towards slaves, slavery and prejudice are very different to our own today, and helps the modern reader to make sense of these pre-Civil War attitudes. Suitable for boys as well as girls (and don’t we all welcome a novel which will attract young male readers!) and probably a cliché, but this is the sort of novel which should be compulsory reading in all schools, worldwide. Very enjoyable.
Helen Hollick, Discovering Diamonds Blog & USA Today best-selling author