February 8, 2012
February 8, 2012
& 160;& 160;& 160;& 160; King-Roy Johnson shows up on Esther's doorstep that summer, an angry young man who feels betrayed by the nonviolent teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. Sent north by his mother to escape a lynch mob, he meets a follower of Malcolm X's who uses radical teachings about black revolution to fuel King-Roy's anger and frustration. But with each other's help, both Esther and King-Roy learn the true nature of integrity and find the power to stand up for what is right and true.& 160;
& 160;& 160;& 160;& 160; National Book Award-winning author Han Nolan brings readers a bold new voice--by turns funny and poignant, innocent and worldly--in this powerful coming-of-age story set during the turbulent struggle for civil rights.
Race, coming of age, and the bonds of family and friends are at the heart of this intense young-adult novel by National Book Award-winner Han Nolan. The summer of 1963 transforms the lives of two young people from very different backgrounds: King-Roy Johnson, a black teenager accused of murder in Alabama, seeks refuge with 14-year-old Esther Young's wealthy white family in the suburbs of Westchester. Esther, a talkative tomboy, had planned to fall madly in love with King-Roy and shock everyone, but instead she finds a friend. An angry young man, King-Roy finds solace in the Nation of Islam and Malcolm X, while Esther struggles to understand and discover her own opinions about race. Moving with a fast pace, this sorrowful, heartfelt work follows a special friendship through lessons learned and love found.
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Girls + Women, Social Issues / Prejudice + Racism, Historical / United States / 20th Century, General
- Age: Teen
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Han Nolan
- Online Item #: 13814462
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-76-0431
- ISBN: 9780547577302
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported