Summary (Masterplots II: African American Literature, Revised Edition)
Hush is narrated by Toswiah Green, a thirteen-year-old girl who was recently living happily in Denver, Colorado, with her father, mother, and sister, Cameron. When her police officer father witnessed an unjust shooting, the Green family entered the federal witness protection program.
Officer Jonathan Green was on patrol with his two partners when they encountered an African American youth. The other officers, both white men, fired at the boy while he was standing still with his hands raised in surrender. After the boy died, members of the police department instructed Officer Green to lie about what he had seen and testify that the other officers were right to open fire. He faced significant pressure, including nasty phone calls and death threats. One night, someone drove by and fired three bullets into his house. Officer Green knew it was wrong to change his story, and he refused to lie about what he had seen, even though his choice put his family at risk.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) placed the Green family in protective custody. Agents escorted them from their home in the middle of the night, placed them in a windowless van, and drove them to a safe house. For three months, they lived in an undisclosed location, and their whereabouts were unknown even to them. After the trial ended, the Greens moved to a new city and assumed new identities. Toswiah Green became Evie Thomas, and her older sister Cameron became Anna....
(The entire section is 540 words.)
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