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Rite of Passage

Rite of Passage
Richard Wright

A posthumously-published novella by the author of "Black Boy" and "Native Son."

A posthumously-published novella by the author of “Black Boy” and “Native Son.”

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 160
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: Written in the 1940s, first published in 1994
Genre: Realistic

Johnny happily arrives home to his family after receiving his straight-A report card but finds himself horribly confused and hurt when he learns that he is actually a foster child. When he is told that he has to move in with a new family, he runs away as he feels like he doesn’t belong anywhere. He joins a gang of other runaway foster children and finds himself in violent situations but doesn’t know where else to turn.

This is a good book for people who enjoy simple yet involving reads. The reader feels and understands Johnny’s conflicting emotions.

-Ms. Beth

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Richard Wright, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1940s