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1959: A Novel by Thulani Davis

1959: A Novel

by Thulani Davis

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When the Civil War ended, William Walker gathered his family from the different nearby plantations and creates Turner, Virginia. While their dreams of equality are crushed by unfair laws and practices, the family retained their land. In 1959, twelve-year-old Willie Tarrant is on the cusp of womanhood. Talk of true integration has become serious, and the local college students are stirring the pot. When Martin Luther King comes to visit Turner, Willie is assigned to act as a tour guide. Amdist boycotts, protests, and demonstrations, Willie copes with her mother's death and reconnects with her father. Davis does an excellent job of providing a teenaged view of an adult world and evokes strong emotions with her language. She deftly weaves history and geography to enhance the story and uses strong, interesting secondary characters to bring the town of Turner to life.

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Twelve-year-old Willie Tarrant, a black girl in Turner, Virginia, sees her family--and her whole world--turned upside down when eight college students stage a sit-in for civil rights at the local Woolworth's department store.

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