Dreamland Burning

Dreamland Burning

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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.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780316384926
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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LPL_MeredithW Jul 26, 2017

This fast-paced, thoughtful historical YA novel cuts back and forth between two teenagers living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a century apart: one today, and one in 1921, on the cusp of the city's infamous massacre of its black citizens. In today's Tulsa, biracial teenager Rowan Chase finds a skeleton in her backyard; in 1921, we find out how it got there. I could barely put this book down.

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ReaderErin
Jun 19, 2017

This is one of my all time favorite books!
The way the author was able to fit present day and past together and make them work to show how certain things are still the same, was truly amazing to read.
We also get to learn a part of history that I had no idea about, and would love to learn more about in the future.
Highly recommend for everyone.

TSCPL_Anna Jun 05, 2017

This is easily one of the best YA books I've read in a while, and so far, my favorite read of 2017.
Dreamland Burning is about the Tulsa Race Riots of the 1920s, which I'll admit, I had no clue existed until now. It is told in the smartest way possible, by alternating between two main characters: Rowan, a high school student who discovers a skeleton buried in the backyard of her Tulsa home, and William, who is alive during the Tulsa Race Riots.
Prepare yourself for an amazing story that's as much of a detective story as it is a historical thriller.

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Shelley51
May 28, 2017

Booker T Washington high school in Tulsa has made this book required summer reading for incoming freshmen. When I purchased the book for my grandson I read the first few pages. I was hooked. I read the entire book over the weekend while his family was out of town. Since I grew up in Tulsa it is fun when the author refers to local places. The story is amazing, the characters were so real. I am proud to share that my grandfather was one of the business owners who sheltered Greenwood residents. This book helped me to understand what he experienced. It is a must read!

afictionado Apr 01, 2017

Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property which leads her on a hunt to solve the historical murder. Meanwhile decades earlier Will Tillman has to confront his own biases as racial tension thickens before the 1921 Tulsa race riots.

Reminded me in some ways of Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez, but with a much more positive ending.

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HarkiQuinn
Feb 28, 2017

Dreamland Burning is a thought-provoking novel on progress that I recommend to EVERYONE.

Plot: As you can see from the synopsis, there are literal skeletons in Rowan's backyard which leads to a 90-year-old mystery. The novel opened with Rowan and a few unlucky construction workers stumbling across the skeleton and Rowan's curiosity was instantly piqued - especially since the property had been her family's name for decades. Dreamland Burning was told from alternating perspectives in different time periods. Rowan served as the modern woman in 2017, while William was a white man living in 1920 Tulsa when Jim Crow was at its height. Both stories helped connect the reader to understanding history and the mysterious skeleton.

I loved the alternating chapters of Dreamland Burning because each discussed race relations in a separate time period. It was interesting to see how ideas changed and what problems still plague our society. Admittedly, it took a while to uncover the mystery behind the skeleton on the Chase property, but it had a ending that will punch you in the gut and have you really start thinking about our perception of race.

Characters: Both William and Rowan are mixed-race teenagers. William is the son of a Native American woman and white man. Rowan is the daughter of a black woman and white man. I found Rowan's perspective to be interesting, because she was your typical generation Z teen. She accepted that she lived in a post-racial society and lived a fairly sheltered life. There were multiple situations that put her in uncomfortable situations that had her question her own perceptions and modern race relations in a time period where we should all be living in harmony. On the flip side, William was aware of the racial tensions of Jim Crow in the South and it felt like he was waiting for the straw to break the camels back. Both characters were thought-provoking and didn't always have the answers, which made them read as authentic characters.

Oh and I can't leave this section without mentioning one thing: ASEXUAL CHARACTERS. There is an asexual character who served a purpose and was beautifully complex. Everyone in this novel was wondrously complex and I hope teachers consider adding this novel to their class reading lists!

Worldbuilding: Dreamland Burning takes place in two very different places, and I was amazed by how easy Latham was able to transport her readers to 1920s Tulsa, Oklahoma. At times, there was overlap in both worlds that felt like easter eggs and added to the fun of alternating time periods.

Short N Sweet: Dreamland Burning is a remarkable book that touches on the complexity of race in Jim Crow and today.

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