Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Emilia and Teo have been raised as siblings. Their maternal parents were best friends and stunt pilots. After a bird hits their plane and causes a crash, Teo’s mother is dead and Emilia’s mom decides to raise him as her own. Unfortunately it is 1930’s America and a white woman raising a black child is frowned upon. She decides to follow her friend’s dream by moving herself and the children to Ethiopia. All three enjoy this peaceful country and would love nothing more than stay where they are living. But Italy has other plans and when war breaks out, the teenage Em and Teo are pulled into the struggle. Even though they cannot avoid the war, will they be able to maintain their own loyalties when pulled in so many directions?
Black Dove, White Raven is a stand-alone historical fiction that shows the strength of friendship and family is a most trying time. Wein has once again taken a little know portion of world history and weaved a story many readers will enjoy. I quickly fell in love with Em’s voice as she told the story of her family’s struggles. I am sure some readers will discover historical inaccuracies in this tale, but as a reader who knows little about this time period I enjoyed the book for what it was … a novel.
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