My Name Is Not Friday by Jon WalterMy Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter

My Name Is Not Friday

byJon Walter

Hardcover | January 5, 2016

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Young people coming to terms with prejudice and its effect on the world around them.

Well-mannered Samuel and his mischievous younger brother Joshua are free black boys living in an orphanage during the end of the Civil War. Samuel takes the blame for Joshua's latest prank, and the consequence is worse than he could ever imagine. He's taken from the orphanage to the South, given a new name - Friday - and sold into slavery.

What follows is a heartbreaking but hopeful account of Samuel's journey from freedom, to captivity, and back again.

Jon Walter is a former photojournalist with a special interest in social welfare issues. His debut middle grade novel, Close to the Wind, was chosen as The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week in the United Kingdom. My Name is Not Friday is his young adult debut. He lives in East Sussex, England, with his family.
Title:My Name Is Not FridayFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.56 × 5.85 × 1.25 inPublished:January 5, 2016Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545855225

ISBN - 13:9780545855228


Read from the Book

From My Name is Not Friday: "I nearly forgot to tell you. Tomorrow is Friday. Now you better remember that day real good, cuz from now on that's gonna be your name." He smiles, expecting me to be pleased. "Friday. I like the sound of that." Then he calls out to me, like we're standing across from one another in a busy street. "I say there, what's your name, boy?" I won't say it. I won't even open my mouth.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for My Name Is Not Friday: "A heartbreaking story about family, justice, and the resilience of the human spirit." - Kirkus, starred review"The first-person narrative fleshes out the character of Friday (his slave name), while the compelling style keeps readers turning pages. Descriptive language adds excitement and uncertainty to Samuel's journey. lyrically written historical novel." -School Library Journal, starred review