I imagined giving the book to another person, who would read it, write notes inside the book, perhaps create a blog post about it, and then send it on to another reader who would repeat the process. At the end, the book would come back to me, and I could read the notes written inside, and make comments on the posts that each reader blogged. I figured it would be reasonable for each reader to keep the book for a month, before passing it to someone else, and then the 12th person would mail it back to me. Then, the process would repeated again with another book.
Are you interested yet? No? How about I give you a summary of the book first, before you turn me down. This summary is from the School Library Journal:
The intense, personal slave narrative of 14-year-old Forty-seven becomes allegorical when a mysterious runaway slave shows up at the Corinthian Plantation. Tall John, who believes there are no masters and no slaves, and who carries a yellow carpet bag of magical healing potions and futuristic devices, is both an inspiration and an enigma. He claims he has crossed galaxies and centuries and arrived by Sun Ship on Earth in 1832 to find the one chosen to continue the fight against the evil Calash. The brutal white overseer and the cruel slave owner are disguised Calash who must be defeated. Tall John inserts himself into Forty-seven's daily life and gradually cedes to him immortality and the power, confidence, and courage to confront the Calash to break the chains of slavery. With confidence, determination, and craft, Tall John becomes Forty-seven's alter ego, challenging him and inspiring him to see beyond slavery and fight for freedom. Time travel, shape-shifting, and intergalactic conflict add unusual, provocative elements to this story. And yet, well-drawn characters; lively dialogue filled with gritty, regional dialect; vivid descriptions; and poignant reflections ground it in harsh reality. Older readers will find the blend of realism, escapism, and science fiction intriguing.–Gerry Larson, Durham School of the Arts, NC Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Sounds good, right? If you liked Kindred by Octavia E. Butler, I think you would like this book. Even though it's a YA book, any adult can appreciate this story. It would be great if someone made a graphic novel version of it.
So what do you say, do you want to participate? Leave me a comment.