Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, 2005, (Hyperion Books)
AWARDS and HONORS
Coretta Scott King Award
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2005
2006 Bank Street Best Books of the Year List
New York Public Library Books for the Teen age List
"In many ways, the scenes here beg to be dramatized on a stage; many sections read like monologues, but each contributes to a powerful whole...the novel provides a compelling opportunity for children to step into the shoes of those whose lives were torn apart by slavery."
Starred review, Publishers Weekly
"By not limiting the book to one viewpoint and by using an alternate format, Lester makes this book highly appealing to all readers. Whether the reader agrees with the characters' thoughts, there is no dispute as to the poetic, lyrical quality of the writing or the inability to feel any one thing about any one of the characters.