Johnny Get Your Gun

by | Read by Dion Graham

Published by Brilliance Publishing

When a nine-year-old boy shoots an older child, a race war is ignited between militant blacks and racist whites of 1960s Pasadena. Follow black homicide detective Virgil Tibbs as he investigates the scene of the conflict involving riots, brutalities, a chase through Disneyland, and a heartwarming—and heartbreaking—scene that takes place in the baseball stadium of the former Los Angeles Angels. Here you will find childhood gone awry, racism that ought to shock but in context does not (we know it too well), and political conflicts that add fuel to the fire.

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AudioFile Review

Johnny Get Your Gun

A family struggling to make ends meet has their lives torn apart when their 9-year-old son, Johnny, decides to retaliate against a school bully. Dion Graham is up to the challenge of narrating this well-done story, set in the 1960s in California. Graham has to shift between various characters, including the boy and his parents, Tennessee transplants. He gives African-American detective Virgil Tibbs a stoic, commanding voice. The author elicits a fair amount of empathy from the listener by revealing multiple perspectives of the story, and Graham’s narration makes fine use of consistent, creative voices for everyone involved. M.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine


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