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The Long Shadow

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A short and gripping tale of adventure and compassion. 
I thought the plot line was very creative and really found an imaginative way to talk about topics such as racism and justice, in a way that was both educational and very easy to read. Perfect for young readers who enjoy historical fiction, a dash of time travel, and stories about survival and friendship. 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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The book had an interesting concept that was not fully realised. I thought bits worth exploring further were glossed over and there was a lack of scene-setting or real character development. It was a fast-paced story that might keep children interested and introduces them to aspects of history they might not be wholly familiar with. 
I enjoyed the links between the characters and how going back in time enabled the main character to discover more about himself and his ideas of others. Although, this seemed surface-level and at times a bit too moralising. 
The fantasy element, allowing the main character to travel back in time could have been explored further as he just accepts this ability with a shrug and doesn't seem bothered by it. It isn't really explained why he is able to do this, whether others have done it too. It is supposed to start in 2019 but seems more like 1999.  
I think it would keep younger children (age 8-10) entertained with enough adventure and exploration to sustain interest while introducing racial inequality, the history of lynching and justice.
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Thank you for the opportunity to read this book before it’s release date. However, I did not find it to be very engaging to the reader (nor would I consider it appealing to middle schoolers I teach). The plot was hard to follow, and I found myself confused about what the main problem was. The hunter in the woods? The time travel that didn’t seem to be a problem for the entire beginning? Is it about racism years ago? It was just very hard to get into this book.
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