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Finalist for the National Book Award, this second novel in Wiles's 60's trilogy brings history alive in a unique way that is pretty awesome -- by implemeting primary sources, like newspaper articles, right into the narrative. The result connects the reader in an immersive way, and is a great thought-launcher to the ongoing social climate today. This is a nice, thick book, perfect for readers who yearn the feeling of accomplishment reading a larger novel brings.
"This book is a hybrid. It's a novel that takes place during Freedom Summer in 1963, and yet it is full of photographs and real quotes. Mesmerizing." -- Elizabeth Partridge
From the author's website: "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."