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by John Michael Cummings

  • ISBN: 0399250549
  • Category: Teenagers
  • Author: John Michael Cummings
  • Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; 2nd Print edition (May 29, 2008)
  • Pages: 272 pages
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  • Rating: 4.8
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John Michael Cummings has had over 75 short stories published in various magazines, but this is his first novel -- and it's amazing

John Michael Cummings has had over 75 short stories published in various magazines, but this is his first novel -- and it's amazing. Cummings has a special talent for description, painting vividly clear pictures with his animated words ("Step after creaky step we went up, with Jerry in the lead, the darkness over us like a low ceiling we were always about to bump our heads into. He brings to life a story where things are not always as they seem, with burning emotions begging to be freed and lonely souls desperate for healing

John Brown, the extreme abolitionist who raided the Harper's Ferry arsenal in 1859 and attempted to free the local .

John Brown, the extreme abolitionist who raided the Harper's Ferry arsenal in 1859 and attempted to free the local slaves, was tried and executed at the time; but he exerts a powerful present in the here and now as well. For young Josh, the local history has a kind of haunting presence. John Brown himself is represented in a stern-looking statue behind glass at the entrance of the park.

Kudos to John Michael Cummings for a delightful A charming book for young readers and adults alike

Kudos to John Michael Cummings for a delightful A charming book for young readers and adults alike. Fascinating recollection of life in tourist-driven Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. yet burdened with the shame of his family's history, social standing and often embarrassing behavior. This is a very compelling story of a teen's experiences in tourist town, Harper's Ferry, WV.

Winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. Recommended by USA Today for Black History Month as "a blend of history and suspense

Winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. Recommended by USA Today for Black History Month as "a blend of history and suspense. In this novel for young adults, Josh knows there is something about the tall Victorian House on the Harpers Ferry Hill, the one his father grew up in, that he can't quite put his finger on. And his impossible father won't give him any clues. He's hiding something. And then there's the famous John Brown. The one who all the tourists come to hear about.

John Michael Cummings. Philomel Books, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 251 pages. And then there’s the famous John Brown. The one whose statue looms over Josh’s house. Why does he seem to haunt Josh and his whole family?

John Michael Cummings.

It was the site of John Brown's raid, and the ghost of John Brown lives on in the anger and rage of Josh Connors's father. The Night I Freed John Brown. 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove The Night I Freed John Brown from your list? The Night I Freed John Brown. by John Michael Cummings. Published May 29, 2008 by Philomel.

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Автор: Cummings, John Название: Night I Freed John Brown, The Издательство: Random House . Heas hiding something. And then thereas the famous John Brown. The one whose statue looms over Joshas house.

2008 Серия: Juv Fic, Family, Parents Язык: ENG Размер: 2. 4 x 1. 3 x . 9 cm Поставляется из: США Описание: A haunting adventure, a brilliant new author.

John Michael Cummings (born 1963 in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia) is an American short story writer and novelist. Hope there will be a sequel novel. com User, July 17, 2008. The Night I Freed John Brown" is a wonderfully written book by John Cummings. The storyline just seems to flow along just like the river that flows by Harpers Ferry. The storyline grabs your attention and you want to hurry up to finish it to see how the story ends. This is an excellent fast read for our young readers. I hope Mr. Cummings will do a sequel to his debut novel! 0. Report.

A haunting adventure, a brilliant new author.Young Josh knows there is something about the tall Victorian House on the Harpers Ferry Hill, the one his father grew up in, that he can’t quite put his finger on—ghosts he can’t name, mysteries he can’t solve. And his impossible father won’t give him any clues. He’s hiding something. And then there’s the famous John Brown. The one who all the tourists come to hear about. The one whose statue looms over Josh’s house. Why does he seem to haunt Josh and his whole family? When the fancy Richmonds come to town and move right next door, their presence forces Josh to find the answers and stand up to the secrets of the House, to his father—and to John Brown, too!The historic village of Harpers Ferry comes alive in this young boy’s brave search for answers and a place of his own in this brilliant first novel by John Michael Cummings.
Reviews about The Night I Freed John Brown (7):
Hugifyn
"The Night I Freed John Brown" captures the essence of youthful bewilderment and its desire to be loved, accepted, understood, and valued.

This is a very compelling story of a teen's experiences in tourist town, Harper's Ferry, WV. Mr. Cummings captures the imagination of Josh as he deals with his unfortunate circumstances of growing up with a father riddled with a bitterness that shows itself in their tattered home. It shares the torment of trying to understand and love a father with a secret he cannot share until events bring the family to an impossible situation that cannot be healed without its unveiling. The story brings moments of laughter, hope, shock, and sorrow as the troubled youth tries desperately to find self worth and acceptance and familial love. It rivets forward as Josh pushes for truth as hard as his father pushes to lock down his secret.
Beazerdred
John Michael Cummings' new novel for young readers, The Night I Freed John Brown (Philomel 2008), tells the touchingly eerie tale of a young boy battling with his father on the edge of the Harper's Ferry National Historical Park. John Brown, the extreme abolitionist who raided the Harper's Ferry arsenal in 1859 and attempted to free the local slaves, was tried and executed at the time; but he exerts a powerful present in the here and now as well.
For young Josh, the local history has a kind of haunting presence. John Brown himself is represented in a stern-looking statue behind glass at the entrance of the park. Josh and his friend Luke Richmond, son of the wealthy seeming neighbor who has brought his three sons to live on the edge of the park, spent their time exploring an old house in the park, identical-seeming to the house Josh and his family live in. As the wander through the rooms and imagine ghosts, Josh thinks that it is his grandmother's house, the house his father knew as a boy. This only makes the ghostly encounter harder for Josh.
Josh hates his father. An artistic young boy who loves to draw, Josh feels his father's mockery and contempt. What is worse, he hears his parents talking about him, the youngest of three boys, as a kind of mistake: "you wanted another damn kid," he hears his father tell his mother. These are hardly consoling words for a conflicted young boy to hear! His older brothers, Robbie, overweight and over bearing, and Jerry, "The Mad Sniper of Harper's Ferry," who aims his BB gun at everyone and everything. Only his mother seems to understand Josh, but she so often defers to her husband that Josh is always trying to escape.
Most of Harper's Ferry is out of bounds, but Josh finds an alternative home with Luke, his two brothers, and his kind and encouraging father. Mr. Richmond seems to be everything Josh's father is not, and the house, clean and sparkling, animated with visitors and always welcoming, seems the opposite of his own.
Josh loses faith in his own father as he sees the vivid alternative that Mr. Richmond offers. He even goes so far as to act in play enacting the aftermath of John Brown's raid. This was forbidden by his father, as was his attendance at the local Catholic church, but Josh defies both of these commands. When the inevitable confrontation takes place, in the ghostly mansion in the middle of the night, Josh finds out what has been motivating his father all along.
Cummings evokes the Gothic mood effectively, and he creates engaging characters. I hope he is able to build on the real gifts apparent here and produce a novel for old readers as well as young.
Tekasa
I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered the book, The Night I Freed John Brown. The book arrived in excellent condition and well within the anticipated time frame. The price was very good, too.
Quashant
Thirteen-year-old Josh feels like he lives his life in the shadows. On one side of his rundown house towers the huge church and on the other side sits the fancy, five-story historical residence. His angry father allows the yard to be overgrown in order to hide their house and family from the thousands of tourists who visit Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, every year to learn about the famous John Brown and his attempts to free the slaves. Josh's dad doesn't like tourists --- or much of anything.

Then a new park employee moves into the fancy historical house next door with his three sons. Luke, the youngest, is 13, and he and Josh instantly become friends. Josh feels drawn to the neighbor's place, with their beautiful house and glitzy belongings, and, most especially, to the family itself. Luke's father isn't angry all the time and doesn't yell or push his sons around, and Luke's brothers don't get in trouble with the park rangers for messing with the tourists. They even read Shakespeare, practice for the annual John Brown play, and seem to enjoy spending time together. Even better is that they invite Josh to join them. At the neighbor's house, Josh feels an acceptance, an appreciation for himself that he doesn't experience at home. He can't help but be jealous of their seemingly perfect lives.

Back at home, a storm that has been threatening to burst for years is brewing. The family used to go to church and visit Josh's grandparents in their caretaker's home for the Catholic retreat. But now his father wants nothing to do with the church or with the house he grew up in, and no one will tell Josh anything. Then one night, all of the pent-up angry feelings explode, and someone gets hurt. Things aren't as they seem, and Josh is ready for some answers.

John Michael Cummings has had over 75 short stories published in various magazines, but this is his first novel --- and it's amazing. Cummings has a special talent for description, painting vividly clear pictures with his animated words ("Step after creaky step we went up, with Jerry in the lead, the darkness over us like a low ceiling we were always about to bump our heads into."). He brings to life a story where things are not always as they seem, with burning emotions begging to be freed and lonely souls desperate for healing.

THE NIGHT I FREED JOHN BROWN is a historically rich story with colorful characters and a family secret that will draw readers in and keep the pages turning.

--- Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman, author of FINDING MY LIGHT and THE BLACK POND

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