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  • Emily Blejwas
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  • 02 February 2017
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A girl wishes for a better life for herself her mom and her baby brother and musters the courage to make it happen in this moving and emotionally satisfying story for readers of Kate DiCamillo and Lynda Mullaly Hunt Eleven year old Brittany knows there has to be a better world out there Lately though it sure doesn’t feel like it She and her b once you know freedomThis is freedom this is a weapon greater than any force you can name Once you know this and know it with all your being you will move and act with a determination and power that the federal government cannot ignore that the school boards cannot overlook and that the housing authority cannot dismiss Martin Luther King Jr Chicago 1966 ARC pages 205 206Brittany lives in inner city Chicago Does that inevitably mean endless multi generational recycling of WIC welfare worry and weariness? Does starting life in urban or rural poverty mean leaving school as a dropout? Not necessarily Once You Know This opens in Chicago ends in Montgomery Alabama the city the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Rosa Parks put on the map for all time Without a doubt fifth grader Brittany has inherited basic smarts but classmates teachers friends and neighbors all play essential parts in helping the eleven year old imagine and enact a future So does the internet though mostly by making everything easier than it would have been back in the last centuryThe story moves along at an easy interesting real life pace; the characters are fabulous Most of us would have loved having a creative teacher into cultural arts like Mr McInnis who'd relocated north from Mississippi for his first ever teaching job I feel as if I'd met him met Brittany and her Mom Maureen had than a brief conversation with many of the other people in the book Emily Blejwas captures reader interest and credibility too with micro views into Brittany's world that rang true to my own experiences growing up and later working in inner city settingsAfter finding herself busted flat in Baton Rouge Janis Joplin tried to tell us freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose yet freedom's really a way to claim agency begin making choices that lead to building a future for yourself and your community Once you know freedom you'll be determined and powerful No one will ignore youOnce you know this isn't in the religious books category although Brittany and Mom attend church in Chicago at least once church ladies in their new Alabama home provide ample good eats My Judeo Christian tradition that affirms the Old and New Testament scriptures places a huge emphasis on freedom and obedience Hebrew bible scholar Walter Brueggemann reminds us we celebrate the ten commandments with their bounded freedom and limits as working papers for life together in community As I've mentioned not a few times on this site and countless times in the adult Sunday School class I facilitate we discover the neighbor at the heart of Torah we meet our neighbor as the focus of Jesus of Nazareth's succinct summary of the ten commandments into two Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy strength and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself At the end of that summary the gospel according to Luke includes Jesus telling the lawyer thou shalt live if he follows the commandments In short God gifted us with the commandments ordinances precepts statutes law torah so life might thrive and harmonize with Martin Buber's definition of love as responsibility of an I for a thou Brittany's Plan B worked to perfection but back in the last century without internet or any time during this one with internet almost everywhere her plan wouldn't have happened without than a little help from her friends and acuaintances Once you know this reveals love in action As MLK optimistically insisted the arc of history bends in the direction of justice and justice is where freedom determination power – and responsibility –liveI'd love to see Once You Know This as a big screen or home screen movie—and I'd welcome a print seuel

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Est friend Marisol stick together at school but at home Brittany’s granny is sick her cat is missing there’s never any money and there’s her little brother Tommy to worry about Brittany has a hard time picturing her future as anything but a plain white sky If her life is going to ever change she needs a plan And once she starts believing While I enjoyed this book and feel it deserves a 4 star rating I have mixed feelings about it It shows the harsh realities of life for some children Ie domestic violence hunger poverty underfunded schools etc On one hand this can help these children feel understood as they can identify with and see themselves in the characters It can also raise empathy and understanding for children who are not exposed to the same injustices On the other hand I’m not entirely sure all 9 11 year olds could handle this It takes some emotional intelligence that is not always available at this age especially for kids who fall into the group of not having experienced this suffering It deserves conversation though no matter who reads it There was a section that I loved The teacher was reading aloud to the class and the main character said that listening to the story just made her want to dream and not worry any This is a great example of why reading to kids is so important It gives them an escape through the story but also shows them the love and care of an adult If you work with kids or families that experience tragedy and suffering this is a good read for you Just discuss with kids if they read it

Summary Once You Know This

In herself Brittany realizes that what has always seemed out of reach might be just around the corner This debut novel by Emily Blejwas is perfect for readers who love emotionally satisfying books Thoughtful and understated it’s the hopeful story of a girl who struggles to make her future bright and the makeshift family that emerges around he This book was beautifully written and held my attention the whole way through I loved the character development especially of Brittany and her teacher and the depictions of the different forms that hope can take in difficult circumstances I would recommend this book for preteens and up since there are mature themes reference to suicide in particular and ideally it being read by young people in a situation where those themes can be discussed The hope depicted here is subtle this is not Hollywood so don't expect to leave it with extreme happinessbut not with extreme sadness either


About the Author: Emily Blejwas

EMILY BLEJWAS is a Minnesota native and holds degrees from Kenyon College and Auburn University She is the Director of the Gulf States Health Policy Center and has worked in the fields of community development and victim advocacy She lives in Mobile Alabama with her husband and four children