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Deed So is the story of Haddie as she looks back to the year 1962 , when she was growing up in Maryland, US She was about to be a 13 year old and like every child her age, she dealt with the same things crushes, high school and so on All she wished was to break free of the boundaries of her small world But the 1960s were a time fraught with racial tension Haddie had grown up in an environment that overtly accepted blacks, yet the past prejudices still remained, undrlying the whole facade o Deed So is the story of Haddie as she looks back to the year 1962 , when she was growing up in Maryland, US She was about to be a 13 year old and like every child her age, she dealt with the same things crushes, high school and so on All she wished was to break free of the boundaries of her small world But the 1960s were a time fraught with racial tension Haddie had grown up in an environment that overtly accepted blacks, yet the past prejudices still remained, undrlying the whole facade of equality She sees a young black boy being killed by a white man As a result, she ends up being a witness in a murder trial Soon, old tensions resurface as Haddie s peaceful town no longer remains so.My favorite part of the book is the author s depiction of the 1960s Through Haddie s voice, US of the 1960s comes alive in front of our eyes It was informative as well as fsacinating to read the author s descriptions of the social issues of that time Through Haddie s eyes, it was possible to transport myself to that era which was so filled with turmoil it gave a taste of what it was like to grow up in such times.Deed So deals with an issue which is relevant even today I think the author has handled it very well However, the very same issue of racial violence has been dealt with much better in other books which I have loved In comparison to them, I felt, Deed So was very forgettable Neither the characters or the plot stood out to make the book memorable Further, Haddie confused me a lot sometimes she sounded like a child that she was and sometimes like too much of a grown up Sometimes I found her so brave and sometimes I was just annoyed at her Also, there were too many subplots running simultaneously which seemed unecessary by the time I was halfway through the book, I did not understand where the book was heading.Overall, Deed So is a sweet and heartwarming coming of age tale in the midst of racial tensions I would recommend it to young adults too, as a one time read This book was told by 12 year old Haddie Bashford and takes place in 1962 Haddie lives in a small town in Maryland where everyone knows everybody s business It reminds me a lot of the town where I live Haddie just wants to get out of the small town and move to the big city Haddie was raised in a home where African Americans were considered friends She didn t view them as any different than anyone else When things started happening in her town, she really experienced the fact that racism exi This book was told by 12 year old Haddie Bashford and takes place in 1962 Haddie lives in a small town in Maryland where everyone knows everybody s business It reminds me a lot of the town where I live Haddie just wants to get out of the small town and move to the big city Haddie was raised in a home where African Americans were considered friends She didn t view them as any different than anyone else When things started happening in her town, she really experienced the fact that racism existed Katharine Russell does a good job in this book of describing the segregation that existed in this time period I wanted to read this book because I loved Katharine s book A Pointed Death and gave it 5 5 diamonds I thought Deed So was an okay book I really am not big on historical fiction, but I wanted to readof Katharine s work I just felt like this book is a little slow moving for me, and I didn t really get into it as much as A Pointed Death I just have to say that I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the Pointed Death series Here is a link to the whole review on my blog Deed So is a novel about Haddie, who is growing up in a time of turbulence Gideon, who she secretly loves, has come back from the Vietnam War However, the war has greatly affected him Haddie tries to be there for him, but she cannot begin to understand how the war has changed him or what he is led to do On top of everything else, Haddie witnesses a white farmer shoot an African American young man who is beating his mentally challenged son She then sees, first hand, the racial tensions and t Deed So is a novel about Haddie, who is growing up in a time of turbulence Gideon, who she secretly loves, has come back from the Vietnam War However, the war has greatly affected him Haddie tries to be there for him, but she cannot begin to understand how the war has changed him or what he is led to do On top of everything else, Haddie witnesses a white farmer shoot an African American young man who is beating his mentally challenged son She then sees, first hand, the racial tensions and the demonstrations during the trial Of course, the shooting and its aftermath affects just about everyone in town Family secrets begin to be revealed Everyone in the town begins to take sides An arsonist emerges, which leads toheartache for the town and for Haddie.My biggest complaint about this novel is that Haddie s friend goes back and forth from Elise to Elsie There are a few other typos in the book that make you stop and think about what is truly meant since it changes the context of the sentence Otherwise, I enjoyed reading this Katharine Russell has done an excellent job of describing life during this time and what it was like living in a small town during all of the turmoil and tension While reading this, I was reminded of To Kill a Mockingbird Russell has taken a controversial part of our history and put her own spin on it Deed So forces you to think about the social issues during that time and what it would have been like for a young girl coming of age in the middle of it This is a reprint from my blog Krazy Book Lady. Deed So follows the life and times of a young girl from Maryland named Agnes Hayden Bashford also known as Haddie Haddie is your average young girl patiently counting the seconds until she is old enough to leave the confines of her small close knit community and venture forth into the exciting big city Entrapped in a community that harbors a plethora of attitudes and experiences often found in small towns in the nineteen sixties she is surrounded by those who embrace religion, question racism Deed So follows the life and times of a young girl from Maryland named Agnes Hayden Bashford also known as Haddie Haddie is your average young girl patiently counting the seconds until she is old enough to leave the confines of her small close knit community and venture forth into the exciting big city Entrapped in a community that harbors a plethora of attitudes and experiences often found in small towns in the nineteen sixties she is surrounded by those who embrace religion, question racism and battle ignorance.The book starts off speaking to Haddie s experiences with her family and friends and the complexities that follow both As the tale continues Katherine Russell expands on Haddie s story as she is exposed to the vicious beating of a crippled boy and the defensive killing of the boy who beat him Consumed by the justice system Haddie fights to understand the communities whispered politics and the heavy weight of morality and truth As the trail continues tensions begin to flare resulting in arson, murder and loved ones vanishing into thin air.This is the second literary venture by Katherine A Russell and in this installment the reader can see her become evercomfortable in her writing The writing is smooth and flows quite easily giving the reader a sense that you are reading directly from the main characters diary An impressive second book from what is becoming a note worthy author.ALL FEEDBACK IS APPRECIATED THANKS AND GOOD READING While the 60 s were indeed a turbulent time not that I would know, but that is not the point, reading this felt like watching a 60 s version of a season s worth of One Tree Hill Way too many things happened to this tween for it to be believable, at least in my opinion Life can be like that, I should know, but I m just saying that for all of this to occur to Haddie our heroine in one year is not reasonable Transitioning between events also felt stuttered or choppy, not so much making it di While the 60 s were indeed a turbulent time not that I would know, but that is not the point, reading this felt like watching a 60 s version of a season s worth of One Tree Hill Way too many things happened to this tween for it to be believable, at least in my opinion Life can be like that, I should know, but I m just saying that for all of this to occur to Haddie our heroine in one year is not reasonable Transitioning between events also felt stuttered or choppy, not so much making it difficult to follow, but making me feel I d had too much caffeine, taking away from the natural flow of the narrative I do have to admit, though, that I liked young Haddie, and wondered what the little scamp would come up with next also, I know this is an arc, but I agree with at least one other reviewer that the typos were horrendous and distracting, I took to carrying around a pencil and circling them all because they were driving me so nuts Deed So is set during the increasing unrest and turmoil of 1960s small town Maryland Twelve year old Haddie is impatiently biding her time until she can leave the town Quite shockingly, she witnesses a horrific crime A handicapped white boy is attacked and killed by a gang of black youth a black young man is also killed.Civil unrest peaks as a white man is put on trial over the killing of the black man Making the situationvolatile is the fact that the jury consists of only white peopl Deed So is set during the increasing unrest and turmoil of 1960s small town Maryland Twelve year old Haddie is impatiently biding her time until she can leave the town Quite shockingly, she witnesses a horrific crime A handicapped white boy is attacked and killed by a gang of black youth a black young man is also killed.Civil unrest peaks as a white man is put on trial over the killing of the black man Making the situationvolatile is the fact that the jury consists of only white people Activists are bused in from nearby Washington, D.C., as tensions rise.Through all of this, Haddie is exposed to the turbulence involving Vietnam She becomes aware of the involvement of America s military, including the reactions here at home A local boy returns home wounded and forever changed by his experience.Amidst the turmoil and chaos of it all, Haddie comes of age She becomes aware of herself and the world around her, including her own community, as she finds her place in both We see Haddie come into herself, as we recall how our country did as well Katharine Russell has a sensitive touch for heavy issues |EBOOK ♪ Deed So ☹ It is , and Agnes Hayden Bashford, Haddie, a brainy Southern teen from a tradition bound family, dreams of breaking free from suffocating expectations placed on girls and from Wicomico Corners She vows to escape to the exhilarating world beyond its narrow borders, like her handsome, older friend Gideon Albright who is going to Vietnam A series of shocking incidents brings the outside world crashing down on her peaceful village, exposing long buried family secrets and setting Haddie on a collision course with an unstable firebrand who will have to silence her to protect his identity Haddie witnesses the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white down on his luck farmer trying to protect his retarded son The resulting murder trial attracts outside agitators and political aspirants, and pits townspeople against each other Excited about being a witness in the trial, Haddie sees her moment of notoriety dissolve into frustration and discomfort and tragedy claim the people around her The racially charged case exposes civic fault lines and secrets within Haddie s own family, shattering her comfortable home life, and unleashes an arsonist who terrorizes the community by night In Deed So, a young girl and an entire town lose their innocence in the last year of innocence, the year before the Kennedy assassination, the civil rights struggle, feminist activism and the Vietnam War changed America forever This is the story of young girl named Haddie growing up in a rural Maryland town in 1962 It is told by the grown up Haddie who is looking back on a summer that changed everything It is a time of turmoil Racial tensions are growing and seen here when a white man shoots and kills a young black boy who is beating up his son Haddie is a witness at the trial The trial brings in big city demonstrators and seems to trigger an arsonist Also, Haddie s crush goes to Vietnam and comes back disillusio This is the story of young girl named Haddie growing up in a rural Maryland town in 1962 It is told by the grown up Haddie who is looking back on a summer that changed everything It is a time of turmoil Racial tensions are growing and seen here when a white man shoots and kills a young black boy who is beating up his son Haddie is a witness at the trial The trial brings in big city demonstrators and seems to trigger an arsonist Also, Haddie s crush goes to Vietnam and comes back disillusioned and depressed Along the way are also the day to day activities of listening to music and hanging out with friends This is the summer Haddie turns 13 and she is sometimes a child and sometimes a young woman This is marketed as a YA but I think it is a YA only in the same sense that To Kill a Mockingbird is a YA I do think it is a nostalgic look back at the time but I am uncertain of its appeal to teens I was hooked from the first page and I found myself turning the pages until I found there were nopages to turn I thought the characters were well thought out and added depth to the novel The characters are very likeable and the reader is able to see the story through their eyes The novel is characterized by the time and setting it takes place in and this helped make it a pleasure to read The tone of this book reminded me of To Kill A Mockingbird Overall a very well thought out book th I was hooked from the first page and I found myself turning the pages until I found there were nopages to turn I thought the characters were well thought out and added depth to the novel The characters are very likeable and the reader is able to see the story through their eyes The novel is characterized by the time and setting it takes place in and this helped make it a pleasure to read The tone of this book reminded me of To Kill A Mockingbird Overall a very well thought out book that deserves to be a bestseller This book was received for free as part of the virtual blog tour All thoughts are my own through reading this book This review first appeared on Agnes Hayden Bashford Haddie is struggling with many things is the 1962 town of Wicomico Corners entering high school, her budding crush on her best friend, Gideon, and waitressing at church suppers She has big plans to escape Wicomico Corners and make something of herself in the wide world Then, she witnesses the murder of a black teenager and the resulting court case exposes the racial tensions that Haddie couldn t even begin to contemplate could exist in her tiny town.I enjoyed this bo Agnes Hayden Bashford Haddie is struggling with many things is the 1962 town of Wicomico Corners entering high school, her budding crush on her best friend, Gideon, and waitressing at church suppers She has big plans to escape Wicomico Corners and make something of herself in the wide world Then, she witnesses the murder of a black teenager and the resulting court case exposes the racial tensions that Haddie couldn t even begin to contemplate could exist in her tiny town.I enjoyed this book very much The characters were very well written and the setting was believeable for the time period I give this story an A