Book Reviews of Billy

Billy
Billy
Author: Albert French
ISBN-13: 9780670850136
ISBN-10: 0670850136
Publication Date: 10/1/1993
Pages: 224
Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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"Albert French lights up the monstrous face of American racism in this harrowing tale of ten-year-old Billy Lee Turner, who is convicted of and executed for murdering a white girl in Banes County, Mississippi, in 1937. "Billy" is about the deaths of two children, one girl, one boy, the girl's death an accident, the boy's a murder perpetrated by the state. Narrated by an anonymous observer in the rich accents of the region, constructed in a series of powerfully lean vignettes, "Billy" imparts an intensity that is nearly unbearable.
Albert French evokes with cinematic vividness the picking fields and town streets; the heat, the dust, the unrelenting sun, the poverty of 1930s Mississippi."
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In 1937 in Banes County, Mississippi, 10 year old Billy Lee Turner is convicted for murdering a white girl.

This story is an unsentimental and ultimately heart-rending vision of racial injustice.
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Powerful! If you were moved by The Help then you definitely need to read Billy. This may have to be added to my 'keeper' shelf.

Young & black in 1937 Mississippi, Billy Lee makes a fateful move in defending himself against an older teenage white girl... fatal for her & in the end for him as well.

Reading this is not for the faint of heart & hearing Billy call out for his mama at the end of the book will bring you to tears.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Excellent tale of how the blacks were treated back in the day.
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I cannot say enough good things about the way this book was written. Billy Lee Turner is a 10 year old boy who lives in the South during the late 1930's. He gets convicted and executed for a tragic accident where he killed a white girl who was bullying him. This book is so intense because of the racial tension in the South during that time, and a poor little boy who doesn't even realize what he did was wrong, and just wants to go home. He was wrongly executed at such a young age, but there was nothing anyone could, or would do about it. It's heartbreaking and very realistic.

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From the dust jacket: "Albert French lights up the monstrous face of American racism in this harrowing tale of ten-year-old Billy Lee Turner, who is convicted of and executed for murdering a white girl in Banes County, Mississippi, in 1937. "Billy" is about the deaths of two children, one girl, one boy, the girl's death an accident, the boy's a murder perpetrated by the state. Narrated by an anonymous observer in the rich accents of the region, constructed in a series of powerfully lean vignettes, "Billy" imparts an intensity that is nearly unbearable.
Albert French evokes with cinematic vividness the picking fields and town streets; the heat, the dust, the unrelenting sun, the poverty of 1930s Mississippi."