Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fortune's Bones

Fortune's Bones
By Marilyn Nelson
Front Street, 2004. 32 pgs. Young Adult Nonfiction

The Mattatuck Museum in Connecticut is home to 200 year old skeleton. For many years, no one knew whose skeleton is was; however, after some research, they discovered that it was the skeleton of Fortune, a slave owned by local doctor, Preserved Porter. Through poetry as well as historical sidebars, Marilyn Nelson helps give Fortune an identity, providing details about his life as well as about his skeleton after his death. An interesting and original piece of literature, it's also one worth checking out for the stylistic elements.


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