I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
on February 21, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, historical fiction
Format: Print, Hardcover
Source: the publisher
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Some bodies won’t stay buried.
Some stories need to be told.
When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past... and the present.
Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns.
Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham’s lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important question about the complex state of US race relations – both yesterday and today.
Since Dreamland Burning covers so many years, moods, and emotions, this was not an easy playlist to make! In the end, I decided to include one song recorded in every decade that has passed since the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. Some have messages that line up with the book’s themes, some are mentioned explicitly in the story, and a few are just personal favorites. Hope you enjoy!
1920s: Mamie Smith: Crazy Blues
1930s: Memphis Minnie: If You See My Rooster
1940s: Billie Holiday: God Bless the Child
1950s: Nat King Cole: The Very Thought of You
1960s: Otis Redding: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
1970s: Nina Simone: Here Comes the Sun
1980s: NWA: Express Yourself
1990s: Prince: Cream
2000s: Taj Mahal w/ Toumani Diabaté: Queen Bee
2010s: Beyoncé: All Night
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