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Title:
Revolution
Author:
Wiles, Deborah, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Scholastic Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
495 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Summary:
It's 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny's town is being invaded by people from up north who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn't much better, as a new stepmother, brother, and sister are crowding into her life, giving her little room to breathe.--From publisher description.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Middle School.

840 Lexile
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 5.2

Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 5.2 16.0 166809.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.5 24 Quiz: 63498.
ISBN:
9780545106078

9780545106085
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Book

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The story of a formative year amidst the battle over civil rights from award winner Deborah Wiles.

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.


Author Notes

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 .


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* In this second book in the Sixties Trilogy, the action shifts to Greenwood, Mississippi, and focuses on Freedom Summer and its effect on the town. Twelve-year-old Sunny has family problems that, at first, suppress anything going on in the wider world. Her mother has deserted her, her father has remarried, and his new wife, Annabelle, comes with a son, Gillette, who is a little older than Sunny; a young daughter; Annabelle's mother; and a dog. But events begin to shake the citizenry, including Sunny and Gillette, who spot an African American boy leaving the segregated pool at night. The boy, Ray, is a harbinger of what's to come as invaders from the North (including Jo Ellen, the older sister in Countdown, 2010) open a Freedom School, register blacks to vote, and try to integrate public venues. This push begets pull, and soon Greenwood is awash in protests, arrests, and bloody violence. Several voices narrate, but the story belongs to Ray and, mostly, Sunny, whose confusion, dismay, fear, and bravery will resonate strongly with readers. Occasionally the family issues threaten to overwhelm the engrossing scenes of a society-altering summer. For the most part, though, Wiles does an excellent job of entwining the two plot strands and seamlessly integrating her exhaustive research, which is detailed at the book's conclusion. She also grew up in the South and brings an insider's authenticity. As in Countdown, the outstanding period artwork, photographs, snippets of sayings, and songs interspersed throughout bring a troubled time close.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Set during the Freedom Summer of 1964, the second installment of Wiles's Sixties Trilogy begins as hundreds of civil rights activists descend on the town of Greenwood, Miss. to help disenfranchised black citizens overcome voting hurdles erected by local officials. The town is grappling with racial tension, and 12-year-old Sunny Fairchild and her brother are caught in the middle during a late-night adventure at a public swimming pool that bans African-Americans-including the young Raymond, whom Sunny and her brother meet. The story makes for a superb audiobook. Chapters are interwoven with re-created sound bites of reports, speeches, and radio announcements made to sound like authentic primary sources. Asward narrates Sunny's chapters with a friendly Southern twang and youthful energy that captures the character perfectly. Battiste provides an equally engaging, and at times solemn and reflective, Raymond. Listeners will be enthralled. Ages 8-12. A Scholastic hardcover. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-The summer of 1964, Freedom Summer, is a time of major changes for Greenwood, MS, its residents, and the entire United States. This story is told from two perspectives: Sunny, a white girl, and Raymond, an African American boy. Sunny feels like her home has been overrun by her father's new wife, her two children, and her mother, but the grownups in town are concerned with "invaders" from the North: the young people who came to organize the black vote in Mississippi. Raymond cannot understand why, when the laws of the country have changed, the town still prohibits black citizens from swimming in the town pool, going to a movie, or eating in some restaurants. Narrators Stacey Aswad, Francois Battiste, J.D. Jackson, and Robin Miles effectively present the personalities of Sunny and Raymond, as well as secondary characters, famous speeches, advertisements, and songs from the era. VERDICT The production is riveting, fast-paced, and in turns both gently humorous and horrifying, providing an illuminating and timely glimpse into issues and events that are still very much with us today. ["With elements of family drama and coming-of-age themes that mirror the larger socio-political backdrop, Revolution is a book that lingers long in the mind after the last page": SLJ 12/14 starred review of the Scholastic book.]-Maria Salvadore, formerly Washington, DC, Public Library © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.