Juvenile Fiction~Historical fiction, but key people and events are based on a true story of the lynching of Sto:lo First Nation youth Louie Sam in 1884. American settlers from the Washington Territory go north into British Columbia accuse Louie Sam of murder and seize him. This novel is written from the perspective of 15-year-old George Gillies and "George's redemptive arc and his dawning of awareness of the injustice committed against Louie Sam"
This book would be a good basis of discussion around the 'lynching' of contemporary youths using social media. Also, how is a "flash mob" different from the vigilante posse that executed Louie Sam? Do we have ways to ostracize people who don't conform to the behaviour of the group? Do some of our precautions in this new age of international terrorism verge on vigilante justice?
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