Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Emily York

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Black Dove, White Raven: a stunt­pilot show unlike any other at the time. It’s the late
1920’s and the “Black Dove, White Raven” stunt show has just tragically ended with the death
of Delia Dupre, the Black Dove. Left with her daughter, Emilia, and her best friend’s son,
Teodros, Rhoda Menotti takes her broken family to Ethiopia, following Delia’s dream. //Black
Dove, White Raven// follows the story of Emilia (Em) and Teodros (Teo) once they arrive in
Ethiopia. Arriving in what they believed to be a safe haven for a family unwelcome in 1930’s
America, Em, Teo, and Rhoda soon learn the difference between the dream of Ethiopia and the
harsh reality. Set during the Second Italo­Ethiopian War, this coming­of­age novel spins a new
perspective of history and adventure.

At first glance, //Black Dove, White Raven// appears to be a story about the struggles of
race during the early 20th century. However, this novel quickly transcends initial appearances
and transforms into a story about the power of family and loyalties during war. Written in first
person, the voices of Em and Teo speak of true emotion and of the adventure of growing up.

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