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Native Son

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Author: T.D. Hamm
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,217 / 16 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,397
Added to site: 2009.09.18
mnybks.net#: 25302
Origin: gutenberg.org

Tommy hated Earth, knowing his mother might go home to Mars without him. Worse, would a robot secretly take her place?...

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or an oxygen-thin atmosphere? I'd like to see her, he thought fiercely, out on the Flatlands; she'd be gasping like a canal-fish out of water.

Even his parents, happily riding the social merry-go-round of Terra, after eleven years in the Martian flatlands, didn't seem to understand how he felt.

"Don't you like Earth, Tommy?" queried his mother anxiously.

"Oh ... it's all right, I guess."

"... 'A nice place to visit' ..." said his father sardonically.

"... 'but I wouldn't live here if they gave me the place!' ..." said his mother, and they both burst out laughing for no reason that Tommy could see. Of course, they did that lots of times at home and Tommy laughed with them just for the warm, secure feeling of belonging. This time he didn't feel like laughing.

"When are we going home?" he repeated stubbornly.

His father pulled Tommy over in the crook of his arm and said gently, "Well, not right away, son. As a matter of fact, how would you like to stay here and go to sc

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2013.02.23
Sardo Weems
*****

Good story about a Mars-born boy whose parents bring him to New York for the first time. He finds out he\'s to go to school on Earth and his mom will stay behind with him.

The kid is a good character, his fears and uncertainty are convincing. The story is very well-plotted. Every piece of it is there for a reason. Good writing.


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