Set in Greenwood, Mississippi during Freedom Summer, Deborah Wiles’s second “documentary novel” weaves songs and newspaper articles, photos and fliers, between its covers, provide context for the story of two children—one white, one black—whose lives become accidentally entangled during a late-night escapade to a swimming pool. Their differing perspectives on the summer’s events, as well as the historical material, create a deeply engaging story, half fiction and half fact. Ages 11 – 15 (Scholastic)
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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.
Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama and grew up in an Air Force family, moving many times but digging deep roots into the Mississippi soil of her extended family. She still travels "down South" today from her longtime home in Frederick, Maryland, where she lives with her family and works as a freelance writer. She also teaches writing and oral history workshops--sharing with children how all history is really biography, and how every person's story is important. Freedom Summer is her first book.
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Avid Bookshop is honored to host a visit from prize-winning author Deborah Wiles on Friday, May 9, 2014, from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. There is no admission charge. Deborah Wiles is the author of the picture book Freedom Summer and five novels: Love, Ruby Lavender; The Aurora County All-Stars; Each Little Bird That Sings, a National Book Award finalist; Countdown; and the forthcoming Revolution. 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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NOT FOR KIDS ONLY BOOK GROUP Our Not for Kids Only Book Group, for adults who like to read books for children and teens, continues with a fun and lively discussion of Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Countdown by Deborah Wiles. Read the books, then come ready to share your thoughts. New members are welcome. SUNDAY, JULY 22 at 7:00 p.m. Anderson's Two-Doors East
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