From the Review Pile: The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday. 

The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or if you don't receive review books, any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity. 

(Thanks to Reading Under the Willow Tree for the meme description.) 

Elizabeth Stewart

Fifteen-year-old George Gillies lives in the Washington Territory in the late 1800s, where white settlers have an uneasy relationship with the indigenous people living there. When a local man is found murdered, suspicion falls on Louie Sam, a young member of the Stó:lō tribe. George and his best friend, Pete, follow a lynch mob north into Canada, where the terrified boy is seized and hung.

Racked with doubts, George begins to ask questions. Was Louie Sam really a murderer? As George uncovers the truth, tensions in the town rise, and he must face his own part in the tragedy.

Inspired by a true story.

c.j.'s thoughts

I usually avoid true stories like the plague, whether in movies or books.  Why?  Because they all tend to end up terribly sadly and then I cry and feel terrible about the world.  Only sometimes I like an escape from my escapism.  I like to remember the real stuff that goes on out there.  And this book covers such an important topic, such an unfortunately recent topic, that I couldn't help but request the ARC.  Discrimination and blind hatred isn't gone, people.  Books like these can be moving wake-up calls.

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