Lunch-Box Dream

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Lunch-Box Dream

LUNCH-BOX DREAM

Tony Abbott

Genre: Historical Fiction

Literary Element #2 (Conflict).The conflict for Jacob's family is that Jacob goes missing. Jacob's cousin, Cora, calls his family in Atlanta to tell them that "'Your boy Jacob has been missing since yesterday evening-'" (Abbott 123). Bobby's family's problem is that they are stuck in Atlanta when their car is wrecked. Bobby's mother apologizes to his grandmother saying, "'I'm sorry about the car'"(Abbott 137).

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RecommendationI recommend this book because it gave me a better understanding of segregation in the south from the perspective of a boy from the north who had not experienced segregation. Anyone interested in the history of civil rights would enjoy this book. * * * * *

SummaryBobby, his brother, mother, and grandmother drive from Ohio to bring his grandmother to her home in Florida. Meanwhile, Jacob takes a bus from Atlanta to Dalton, Georgia to visit his aunt and uncle. Bobby a white boy, grew up in fear of the "chocolate" men, and Jacob, an African American boy, was taught great respect for the white people. The paths of these two boys cross when Bobby takes a bus back to Ohio when his family's car is wrecked in Atlanta, and accidentily sits in the colored section. There he meets Jacob's family who is on the same bus to go to Dalton, to look for Jacob who has gone missing. After Bobby witnesses how the family almost got denied seats on the bus because of their race, he thinks about how unfairly African Americans have been treated. Will Bobby reconsider everything he has ever thought about the African Americans? Will Jacob's family find him?

Author's ThemeThe theme of the story is to not judge people by what you've heard abou them, until you meet them for your self. Bobby's mother was afraid of African Americans, so that is the perspective with which he was raised, and that is the way he had thought of them. But, the incident at the bus station caused Bobby to realize how unfairly the whites have thought of and treated the African Americans.

ConnectionBoth Rosa Parks and Jacob's family were treated unfairly on a bus because they were African American. In contrast to Rosa Parks who was arrested for taking a white person's seat, Jacob's family was given a hard time about getting bus tickets until a few kind white people give them their seats when they hear the family's desperate situation.

Literary Element #1 (Setting)This story takes place during June, 1959, in Cleveland, Dalton, and Atlanta. The author includes the date at the beginning of each chapter, like "Thursday, June 11, 1959" (Abbott 7). In addition, Bobby's mother explains to a park guard that they are from "'Cleveland. One of us from Florida'"(Abbott 92). Lastly, Jacob's sister remembers how "Jacob rode the bus from Atlanta north to Dalton this morning" (Abbott 25).

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