Here's what our Lead Children's Book Buyer Judy B. says:
"This is a wonderful page-turner that can be read by any age.--Judy Bulow is our Lead Children's Book Buyer & a TC Kids' expert since the 1980s.
There are two stories intertwined: The first is fiction, a mystery of sorts as it is 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi and Sunny is living an entirely new life with her step-mother and family. Sunny sees a mystery boy at a swimming pool and she wonders about him. She sees the old south against the new south, and both against the invasion of northerners into her life, and everybody is taking different sides that they sincerely believe are right."
Threaded through the story are real events: pictures and posters, photographs, and songs reflecting that particular year that some call Freedom Summer. But no matter what she witnesses, or what her family believes, or what her church may tell her, Sunny finds a way to sift through all the information to arrive at her own moral system. And the mystery boy becomes part of her life, and the tightrope she walks is a little less frightening. An amazing tour-de-force by Deborah Wiles, who makes you feel like you are really present in Greenwood, Mississippi.
This is one terrific book!
In the second novel of her Sixties trilogy, Wiles takes readers to a small Mississippi town during 1964's Freedom Summer. As young Sunny tries to adjust to her new stepmother and two new step-siblings, her town reacts to students and OagitatorsO who have arrived on buses to register black citizens to vote.