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Opal Freeman, Windy City Reviews - Book Reviewer - March, 2015

The Road from Money: A Journey To Find Why is a book of inspiration, encouragement, and education. Sylvester Boyd's excellent novel sketches the life of a young Negro girl in the 1920s as she comes to grips with the realities of life in the deep South. We are introduced to the main character, Estella Reynolds, when she is an eight-year-old girl, born and raised in Money, Mississippi. She is a happy girl, smart and observant, always asking "why." As she becomes aware of the challenges she faces in Mississippi--brutality, poverty, racism, segregation, and working in the fields--she becomes aware that there is a better life away from the deep South. She becomes the first person in her family to graduate from eighth grade and decides to use education as a means to a better life. After much preparation she leaves Mississippi to explore a whole new world. Her first journey is a long train ride to Chicago. The author's writing provides a clear picture of the environment in which Estella and her family lived. His story illustrates how the perserverance, history, and strength of the Negro population helped them to survive some of the most difficult times in American history.

 

I loved the book and was excited to reach each page, discovering the growth and progress of Estella's life. This is the first book in a trilogy and I anxiously look forward to the next two novels. I highly recommend this book.

 

 

Midwest Book Review by James Cox - Editor-in-Chief - September 7, 2014 

"Although a work of fiction, it is a story that has deep factual roots in the African American experience. Superbly crafted from beginning to end, The Road from Money is as thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is solidly entertaining throughout; making it very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library general fiction collections."

 

Book Reviews by Joan Adamak, June 22, 2014 - "A type of quiet segregation still exists."

“The conditions in the South after the Civil War, causing much more suffering because of northern carpet baggers, as so aptly portrayed in“Gone With the Wind,” created havoc on both southern Whites and Blacks, but the Blacks took the biggest brunt of it as time passed, as is so forthrightly displayed in the above historical novel. The events and experiences are based on those of a real Black woman, Estelle, in Money, Mississippi, who at age eight realized the unfairness of the quality of life for a Black when compared to a White person. The most influential person in her life, her grandfather, Paul Reynolds, couldn’t relieve this unfairness, but he could teach her how to live with it. She had a great mind and through desire, continual seeking, she finally was able to get a better education than she could possibly get in Money. And in the deep South, conditions didn’t improve for the Blacks until the day of Martin Luther King, and even thereafter in 1987 when I chanced to travel through the deep south, I discovered there was still a segregation quietly existing. This story probably fits in the YA gender most aptly and the author intends to follow up with two more books in this three part trilogy. There are several good books written about these times and travails, but this is a good one with which to acquaint self. The character descriptions are good, the language idiom of the Blacks and the events are colorfully and truthfully set out. I recommend book about a segment of American history.  I was given this book as a complimentary copy for an honest review.”

Cynthis Robinson --  Chicago, Illinois -- June 8, 2014
"The Road from Money is a simple,yet compelling book, that keeps its readers' spellbound while reading about its' character, Estella Reynolds. I recommend you read this book, however be prepared to not be able to put down this page turner. This book has dynamic energy and it has expanded my thinking and knowledge on how growing up as an African American in America's deep south was at the start of the 20th century. Be prepared to be hungry for more! I am on edge waiting for more, can't wait for Book 2!!"
 
Elizabeth Holton  --  Grand Rapids, Michigan -- June 7, 2014

" I just finished reading your book, it was excellent; one of the best literature books I have read in a while. I am waiting for the next adventure of Estella's journey. Great job!"

 

Janis Banks DeHaan --  Allegan, Michigan -- May 24, 2014

"I just finished reading The Road from Money and enjoyed it very much. I look forward to hearing about Estella's adventures in Chicago."

 

Betty Wiley -- Chicago, Illinois -- September 15, 2014

"I was born and raised in Money, MS until age 7. My name is Betty Wiley, the oldest daughter of Roosevelt Smith, Estella's cousin. My husband and I ordered your book as soon as it came out. The book brought back many memories. It is a very good book and I can not wait for the next one."

 

Donna Smith -- Chicago, Illinois -- September 13, 2014

"I enjoyed the book "The Road From Money" and the book signing ceremony. Can't wait for your next book."

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