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June 07 , 2011

Shake on It and Spit in the Dirt


This is a multicultural juvenile novel targeted for ages nine to twelve. But people eight to eighty-eight have read this book and enjoyed it. Set in the East Texas Piney Woods, two young boys form a secret pact to capture a monster and hopefully bring a racially torn community together. This monster has been wreaking havoc and casting suspicion and blame between the two races for too long.
Winning the Editors’ Choice award for these first time novelists, Gregg and Jennings, was a grand pay off for all their hard work. As you read this award winning story, you will find it filled with family love, family conflict, bullying, friendship, jokes, a monster hunt, and a boy’s love for his dogs. This mystery for juveniles has toned-down violence that takes place before the young boys ever come upon it. The monster search party members are instructed in the use of tranquilizer darts when they attempt to capture it. This book illustrates the pain of racial hatred but always uses positive language for the races.

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Young people will grab Shake on It and Spit in the Dirt and begin reading it because of the title. They will finish reading it because of the exciting, mysterious, fast-paced action in the book.

Our world needs to become more cohesive racially. What better way to do this than through the friendship of two young boys who don’t judge people by color?

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