It’s 1964, and Sunny’s town is being invaded. Or at least that’s what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They’re calling it Freedom Summer.
Meanwhile, Sunny can’t help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool — where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs.
As she did in her groundbreaking documentary novel COUNTDOWN award-winning author Deborah Wiles uses stories and images to tell the riveting story of a certain time and place — and of kids who, in a world where everyone is choosing sides, must figure out how to stand up for themselves and fight for what’s right.
You can find resources for teaching REVOLUTION at Pinterest. The Playlist is there, as well as photo resources and primary sources used to create REVOLUTION.
AWARDS and HONORS:
Five Starred Reviews: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, The Horn Book.
2014 National Book Award Finalist
2015 Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book
2015 Golden Kite Award Winner, SCBWI
2014 NAACP Image Award Honoree
2015 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
2015 ALA Notable Children’s Books List
2015 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adult Readers List
2015 Jefferson Cup Nominee
2015 NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children
Winner of the Parents’ Choice Approved Seal Spring 2014
A Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2014
Winner of 2015 Skipping Stones Honor Awards
2015 SIBA Book Award Long List
2015 Amelia Walden Book Award Nominee, ALAN/NCTE
2015 Georgia Center for the Book, Book Every Young Georgian Should Read.
An Amazon Best Book of the Month 2014
End of Year Best Lists 2014: Kirkus, PW, Horn Book, Booklist, The Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature, UCLA
State Book Award Lists as of August 2015: Tennessee, South Carolina