The Color of Lightning Book Summary and Study Guide

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The American Civil War has ended and a newly freed slave from Kentucky Britt Johnson, moves with his family to Texas to start a new life. When Britt lived in Kentucky he was subjected to racism and violence, but in Texas he'll discover other dangers await him and his family.
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Britt and his family moved to the wild part of Texas where Indian raids often happen. During an Indian raid Britt's family are kidnapped and he leaps to action in order to rescue them. The Indians themselves just want their land and are tired of white Americans occupying their ancestral home. Britt is caught between the white man and the Native Americans.
The novel will go on to explore who Britt's family are, who the Indians are and what they seek and want. We also get introduced to basic settlers who also are captives of the Indians. The book illustrates the dark times of sour relations between settlers moving west and the natives who have lived in these areas for centuries.
Best part of story, including ending: How the settlers who were kidnapped try to negotiate in non-violent ways.

Best scene in story: When the settlers send an Indian who turned Quaker into a diplomat to try to negotiate with the violent western Indian tribes.

Opinion about the main character: One can really feel sympathetic towards Britt and feel his pain as he desperately tries to save his family.

The review of this Book prepared by Silas Brunk a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Western    -   Yes Story primarily about    -   fighting Injuns

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Black


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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