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Return to South Town
Graham, Lorenz B.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdael, PA Boyds Mills Press, Inc., [2003]

Physical Description:
223 pages ; 22 cm
David Williams, a young African American doctor, returns to his hometown in the south and discovers that old ways and prejudices die hard.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 8.0 80968.
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Central Library X Young Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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These classic novels, set during the Civil Rights era, follow the early years of David Williams, a young man who in the face of violence and bigotry struggles to keep alive his dream of becoming a doctor. A foreword by Rudine Sims Bishop and an afterword by the author's daughter, Ruth Graham Siegrist, Ph.D., place these remarkable novels in the context of their time (South Town was originally published in 1958.) Through the character of David Williams, young readers witness a turbulent era in American history, a period marked by unspeakable injustice and life-affirming hope.

Author Notes

Lorenz Graham (1902-1989) was a pioneer of African American literature. Like Langston Hughes and Richard Wright, he wrote at a time when few books offered a realistic view of African American life. He is also the author of Tales of Momolu; I, Momolu; Every Man Heart Day Down; and How God Fix Jonah, an ALA Notable Book.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In the words of Rudine Sims Bishop, from her foreword, Lorenz Graham "helped pave the way for the development of contemporary African American literature for children and young adults" with his Town novels-South Town; North Town; Whose Town?; and Return to South Town. The four books span 15 years in the life of their protagonist, David Williams, whom readers first meet as a 15-year-old in the rural south of the 1950s. The first title chronicles a dangerous summer for David, when an act of heroism backfires under the constant pressure caused by the bigotry and Jim Crow laws that control his daily life. In North Town, although David's family has moved to a Northern city where racial divisions are less obvious, bigotry makes David's dream of becoming a doctor seem even more remote. Racial violence becomes more pronounced in Whose Town?, as the civil rights movement gathers momentum. Return to South Town features an adult David and his effort to become the first practicing black doctor in his hometown. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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