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*A 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST*

 

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.

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"This second installment of Wiles's Sixties Trilogy begins during the Freedom Summer of 1964, when hundreds of college students and community organizers arrived to help Mississippi's disenfranchised black citizens overcome voting hurdles erected by local officials. Sunny Fairchild, 12, has seen newspaper stories about these 'invaders' and feels an affinity: her household has been taken over by her father's new wife, her children, and her elderly mother. Still, Sunny plans a summer floating in the (whites only) municipal pool, listening to the Beatles, and finding adventures. A chance encounter with Raymond, a talented young black athlete, sets Sunny on a dangerous course, one that exposes the poisonous racism that has her small town on the verge of exploding. As in Countdown (2010), Wiles intersperses Sunny and Raymond's story with historic photos, excerpts from speeches and news stories, and song lyrics that add power and heft to the story. Though the novel is long, it's also accessible and moving, and it will open many eyes to the brutal, not-so-distant past out of which a new standard of fairness and equality arose. Ages 8 — 12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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From award-winning author Deborah Wiles comes the story of a formative year for a nation embroiled in a battle over civil rights.

It is 1964, and Sunny's town, Greenwood, Mississippi, is being invaded. So is her home. Her daddy got married last summer, and her house filled up with a new stepmother, Annabelle, a new brother, Gillette, and a new sister, Audrey. Sunny's new family has been growing together, but when Gillette tattles to her father, things grow chilly between them.

Greenwood has been tense and chilly too, but that's because students and "agitators" from up north have driven down in buses for a Freedom Summer to help register citizens in the town to vote. Everyone in the town, from the churches to the schools to the movie theaters, has been choosing sides, and Sunny suddenly understands how scary it can be to help people out, even when you know you're doing good.

About the Author

Deborah Wiles is the author of the picture book FREEDOM SUMMER and three novels: LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER; THE AURORA COUNTY ALL-STARS; and EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS, a National Book Award finalist. She has vivid memories of ducking and covering under her school desk during air raid drills at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She also sang in the Glee Club, was a champion speller, and hated Field Day. Deborah lives in Atlanta, Georgia. You can visit her on the web at www.deborahwiles.com.

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Beverly B, March 6, 2015 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Reading Revolution (book #2 in The Sixties Trilogy) is like taking a history class on the Civil Rights Movement's Freedom Summer from the people who were there in the midst of the violence and turmoil of Mississippi in 1964. Deborah Wiles extensive research and primary source documents helped her capture the voices and attitudes of almost everyone in Mississippi at the time. Flyers and speeches from the KKK, letters from the white business council, Supreme Court rulings, the Congressional Record and the letters and journals from the many activists who went to Mississippi to fight for voter rights contribute to a documentary novel that is compelling, scary and authentic. The many photographs and quotes from people directly involved in the events add to the chilling tone that foreshadows a terrible outcome. Quotes from the songs and speeches of the time brilliantly reflect the motivations of the activists and the mood of the black community. The story is told from the point of view of Sunny, a 12 year old white girl who innocently assumed that segregation was mutually agreed upon by whites and blacks. She is shocked and confused when she first observes her white neighbors spewing vile comments at the "invaders" from the North who are "inciting discontent" in the black neighborhoods. She becomes seriously depressed when she sees adults she respected committing senseless acts of violence on blacks who are peacefully trying to register to vote. She is afraid to tell anyone what she is feeling because she fears she will be regarded as a traitor. She just wants everything to stop. She just wants everyone to be kind. Deborah Wiles deserves every award Revolution has won. Revolution is destined to become a classic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545106078
Author:
Wiles, Deborah
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-US History
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
The Sixties Trilogy
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This second installment of Wiles's Sixties Trilogy begins during the Freedom Summer of 1964, when hundreds of college students and community organizers arrived to help Mississippi's disenfranchised black citizens overcome voting hurdles erected by local officials. Sunny Fairchild, 12, has seen newspaper stories about these 'invaders' and feels an affinity: her household has been taken over by her father's new wife, her children, and her elderly mother. Still, Sunny plans a summer floating in the (whites only) municipal pool, listening to the Beatles, and finding adventures. A chance encounter with Raymond, a talented young black athlete, sets Sunny on a dangerous course, one that exposes the poisonous racism that has her small town on the verge of exploding. As in Countdown (2010), Wiles intersperses Sunny and Raymond's story with historic photos, excerpts from speeches and news stories, and song lyrics that add power and heft to the story. Though the novel is long, it's also accessible and moving, and it will open many eyes to the brutal, not-so-distant past out of which a new standard of fairness and equality arose. Ages 8 — 12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
From award-winning author Deborah Wiles comes the story of a formative year for a nation embroiled in a battle over civil rights.

It is 1964, and Sunny's town, Greenwood, Mississippi, is being invaded. So is her home. Her daddy got married last summer, and her house filled up with a new stepmother, Annabelle, a new brother, Gillette, and a new sister, Audrey. Sunny's new family has been growing together, but when Gillette tattles to her father, things grow chilly between them.

Greenwood has been tense and chilly too, but that's because students and "agitators" from up north have driven down in buses for a Freedom Summer to help register citizens in the town to vote. Everyone in the town, from the churches to the schools to the movie theaters, has been choosing sides, and Sunny suddenly understands how scary it can be to help people out, even when you know you're doing good.

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