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Revolution

In YA Book Reviews on August 4, 2015 at 2:52 am

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 by Deborah Wiles

YA Historical Fiction/©2014/544 Pages/Part of a Trilogy/Recommended for Middle School+

*A 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST*

Publisher’s Blurb (Courtesy of Goodreads):
It’s 1964, and Sunny’s town is being invaded. Or at least that’s what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi, are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They’re calling it Freedom Summer.
Meanwhile, Sunny can’t help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool — where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs.

As she did in her groundbreaking documentary novel COUNTDOWN, award-winning author Deborah Wiles uses stories and images to tell the riveting story of a certain time and place — and of kids who, in a world where everyone is choosing sides, must figure out how to stand up for themselves and fight for what’s right.

My Thoughts:

What an amazing book, probably the best one I have read all year. I could not put it down. Beautifully and uniquely written in what has been labeled “documentary novel format”, which includes photographs, essays, presidential race slogans, song lyrics, and quotations from that era, scattered in between Sunny’s first-person narrative and occasional chapters narrated by Raymond Bullis, a black teen caught up in that summer of 1964. It is an engaging read with memorable characters and powerful life lessons. Highly recommended for middle school students, but I am confident that adults will enjoy it as well.

My Rating: 5/5

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