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Dreamland Burning
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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2017
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IL: MG+ - BL: 5.9 - AR Pts: 13
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A compelling dual-narrated tale from Jennifer Latham that questions how far we've come with race relations.
Some bodies won't stay buried.
Some stories need to be told.
When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the present and the past.
Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns.
Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham's lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important questions about the complex state of US race relations—both yesterday and today.
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Street Date:
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Level 5.9, 13 Points
Lexile measure:
890
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Jennifer Latham. (2017). Dreamland Burning. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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Jennifer Latham. 2017. Dreamland Burning. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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Jennifer Latham, Dreamland Burning. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017.

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Jennifer Latham. Dreamland Burning. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017.

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Some bodies won't stay buried.
Some stories need to be told.
When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the present and the past.
Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns.
Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham's lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important questions about the complex state of US race relations—both yesterday and today.
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
      • content: Latham presents a fast-paced historical novel brimming with unsparing detail and unshakeable truths about a shameful chapter in American history... An unflinching, superbly written story about family, friendship, and integrity, set during one of America's deadliest race riots.
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      • content: Latham masterfully weaves together the story of two well-off, mixed-race teenagers—Rowan, in the present, and Will, who lived in Tulsa in 1921—in this fast-paced, tension-filled look at race, privilege, and violence in America... This timely story gives readers an unflinching look at the problem of racism, both past and present, while simultaneously offering the hope of overcoming that hatred.
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      • content: Enthralling, expertly paced.
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        November 14, 2016
        Latham’s powerful second novel (after Scarlett Undercover) opens in present-day Tulsa, Okla., with the discovery of human bones beneath the floorboards of the Chase family’s guesthouse. The police have little interest in identifying the skeleton or determining how it got there, but 17-year-old Rowan and her best friend, James, feel compelled to investigate. Nearly a century earlier, in 1921, 17-year-old William Tillman defies Tulsa’s Jim Crow laws by selling a Victrola to a black teenager, Joseph Goodhope. Will grows to respect Joseph and becomes fond of his irrepressible younger sister, Ruby. When the Ku Klux Klan starts rounding up black people and burning their homes and businesses, Will is forced to make difficult decisions. Rowan and Will take turns narrating, their stories intertwining intriguingly as they unfold in parallel. Populated with vivid, relatable characters and structured to maximize mystery, tension, and dread, Latham’s novel provides a gripping education in the real-life horror story that was the Tulsa race riot, shines a light on the current state of race relations, and inspires hope for the future. Ages 14–up. Agent: Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency.

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        The discovery of a skeleton connects the lives of two teens, a century apart, with the brutality and terror of the 1921 Tulsa race riots. After 17-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton in an outbuilding on her family's property in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she sets out to investigate. Almost 100 years earlier, in Jim Crow-era Tulsa, 17-year-old Will Tillman finds himself at the center of violence and lawlessness on the night whites looted and burned Greenwood, a thriving African-American community within the city. In all, 35 blocks and nearly 1,300 homes and businesses were destroyed; 8,000 black Tulsans lost everything they owned; and at least 300 people died. Will is white and Osage. Like Will, Rowan is biracial (African-American and white). She comes from a wealthy family and must face her own class privilege as well as uncomfortable parallels between the century-old murder mystery she's trying to solve and present-day race relations in her community and the nation as a whole. Alternating narration chapter by chapter between Rowan and Will, Latham presents a fast-paced historical novel brimming with unsparing detail and unshakable truths about a shameful chapter in American history. For more than 50 years, Tulsa's schoolchildren didn't learn about the race riot, and many outside of Tulsa remain unaware today. This masterfully told story fills this void. An unflinching, superbly written story about family, friendship, and integrity, set during one of America's deadliest race riots. (author's note) (Mystery/historical fiction. 14-18)

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Starred review from November 1, 2016

        Gr 8 Up-Latham follows up Scarlett Undercover with a rich work that links past and present in a tale that explores racial prejudice. After the remains of a skeleton are found in her Tulsa, OK, backyard, 17-year-old Rowan Chase becomes consumed with finding out the story behind the death. As she digs into the mystery, Rowan's contemporary perspective alternates with that of another Tulsa teen: Will, a 17-year-old in the 1920s. Though separated by decades, the characters' lives intersect as the mystery of the skeleton unfolds in both time periods. Race, social inequalities, and entitlement are subjects the teens grapple with as they enter adulthood, Rowan in the current day and Will during the Tulsa race riots of 1921. Latham's enthralling, expertly paced plot will keep readers engaged, and the detailed imagery creates a strong sense of place in both time periods. The occasional mature language is deftly integrated and realistic for both the situations and the protagonists, who are relatable and well-developed. VERDICT Mystery fans will enjoy this cleverly plotted, suspenseful work, while the broader social issues will draw a wide audience. Educators will also find this title useful as a selection for discussion and cross-curricular lessons.-Tiffeni Fontno, Boston College Educational Resource Center

        Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Starred review from November 15, 2016
        Grades 8-11 *Starred Review* Rowan wants to enjoy one day of summer before her internship begins, but that ends when contractors working on her house find a skeleton in an outbuilding. Suddenly she's caught up in the mystery of who the dead man was, why he was killed almost a century before, and how his death relates to a brutal race riot that wiped out the black Tulsa neighborhood of Greenwood in 1921. Latham masterfully weaves together the story of two well-off, mixed-race teenagersRowan, in the present, and Will, who lived in Tulsa in 1921in this fast-paced, tension-filled look at race, privilege, and violence in America. Both struggle to do the right thing, even as Rowan tries to look past her family's wealth, and as the Klan begins to bear down on Will and his family. Latham skillfully uses the chapter-by-chapter narrator switch to ratchet up tension, all the while keeping readers guessing as to the true identity of the skeleton and to the ultimate fate of Will and the friends he helps save. This timely story gives readers an unflinching look at the problem of racism, both past and present, while simultaneously offering the hope of overcoming that hatred.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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        November 1, 2016
        Alternating between the voices of two seventeen-year-oldsa contemporary biracial (her mother is black, her father is white) young woman named Rowan Chase, and Will Tillman, son of an Osage mother and white father, in 1921this book sheds light on the Tulsa race riot of 1921 in which white Tulsans decimated a thriving black neighborhood. During a summer remodel of Rowan's family's home, workers discover a skeleton beneath the floorboards. Rowan plays amateur detective, researching Tulsa history in the hopes of finding clues to the skeleton's identity. In 1921, Joseph Goodhope is the first black boy to convince Will's shopkeeper father (who thinks himself decent because he is willing to sell to black people after hours and hasthus farnot joined the KKK) to accept a payment plan on the honor system. This intrigues Will enough that the young men cautiously form, if not an outright friendship, then a relationship of mutual respect. Their association becomes a life-or-death matter when racial tensions in town come to a head. The intricately plotted mystery is stronger in the historical setting; the present-day narrative abruptly switches focus to questions of morality after Rowan observes a racially charged incident. Latham thoughtfully asks readers to consider the responsibilities of a witness; what it is like to be biracial when belonging to one group is paramount; and about whether saving one person can make a difference in the broader context of society's racial problems. sarah hannah gomez

        (Copyright 2016 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

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Some bodies won't stay buried.
Some stories need to be told.
When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the present and the past.
Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns.
Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham's lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important questions about the complex state of...
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