Reviewed by Erin H on Nov 27, 2015
Elizabeth Wein has written some amazing historical novels for teens and while Black Dove, White Raven is different from her previous books, it’s also very good.
Em and Teo grew up together and consider each other siblings, especially since Teo’s mother, who was Em’s mother’s best friend, died. But in 1930s America, a racially blended family (Em is white and Teo is black) is complicated. So Em’s mom Rhoda, a stunt pilot, moves the family to Ethiopia and for a while, their lives are idyllic.
But then Italy starts threatening to invade Ethiopia, and the whole family is drawn into the conflict. Rhoda teaches Em and Teo to fly, and while Em is terrified, Teo quickly becomes a skilled pilot. But then a shattering discovery about Teo’s birth father puts him in serious danger, and it’s up to Teo and Em to figure out how to find safety.
Although the story unfolds slowly, it is interesting and thought-provoking. Check out Black Dove, White Raven.
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