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The reformatory : a novel / Tananarive Due.

Gracetown, Florida,  June 1950.  Twelve-year-old Robbie Stephens, Jr., is sentenced to six months at the Gracetown School for Boys, a reformatory, for kicking the son of the largest landowner in town in defense of his older sister, Gloria. So begins Robbie’s journey further into the terrors of the Jim Crow South and the very real horror of the school they call The Reformatory.  Robbie has a talent for seeing ghosts, or haints. But what was once a comfort to him after the loss of his mother has become a window to the truth of what happens at the reformatory. Boys forced to work to remediate their so-called crimes have gone missing, but the haints Robbie sees hint at worse things. Through his friends Redbone and Blue, Robbie is learning not just the rules but how to survive. Meanwhile, Gloria is rallying every family member and connection in Florida to find a way to get Robbie out before it’s too late.  The Reformatory is a haunting work of historical fiction written as only American Book Award–winning author Tananarive Due could, by piecing together the life of the relative her family never spoke of and bringing his tragedy and those of so many others at the infamous Dozier School for Boys to the light in this riveting novel.

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  • ISBN: 9781982188344
  • ISBN: 1982188340
  • Physical Description: 570 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Saga Press hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Saga Press, 2023.
Subject: Florida School for Boys > Fiction.
African Americans > Segregation > Florida > Fiction.
Reformatories > Florida > Fiction
African Americans > Fiction.
Segregation > Fiction.
Florida > Fiction.
Historical fiction
Genre: Ghost stories.

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  • 0 of 4 copies available at York County Libraries.


  • 3 current holds with 4 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Dillsburg Area Public Library Adults DUE Fiction (Text) 34001001449642 Adult Area New Checked Out 12/19/2023
Martin Library Adults DUE Fiction (Text) 33454005978150 Atrium Checked Out 12/28/2023
Mason-Dixon Public Library Adults DUE Fiction (Text) 34262000918645 Main Room New Checked Out 12/11/2023
Paul Smith Library of Southern York County Adults DUE Fiction (Text) 34318001238084 Adult Area New Checked Out 12/28/2023

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