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June 23, 2010

Freedom Summer, by Deborah Wiles

Filed under: Uncategorized — Aravinda @ 11:41 am

Front Cover
Deborah Wiles
Paw Prints, 2009 – 32 pages

Subtlety, outrage and compassion are delicately balanced in this story of two boys and a town struggling with segregation and integration. Illustrations are stunning, particularly the one showing the elder brother doing work that goes against his heart, only to earn his day’s wage. His eyes tell his story.

My seven year old daughter loved this story and exclaimed "that was great!" when we reached the last page. "It was really open-ended," she added.

Having just read Freedom Summer by Bruce Watson, I could see how skillfully Deborah Wiles captured the changing times, and their every moment – the excitement with which Joe leaves the dinner table, the shopkeeper’s friendly banter, the lucky nickel … small signs of hope that leave us optimistic even as the story leaves us in suspense when the two friends, on the heels of one defeat, courageously walk together.

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