Kent State

★ “A well-researched and deeply moving portrait of an iconic moment in U.S. history.” — Kirkus starred review

★ “In her account, Wiles implicitly challenges her readers to find parallels between then and now and, in so doing, does a service to history. An important book not to be missed.” — Booklist starred review


Coming April 21, 2020

Book 3 of the ’60s Trilogy


  • Kirkus starred review
  • Booklist starred review

From two-time National Book Award finalist Deborah Wiles, the remarkable story of two cousins who must take a road trip across American in 1969 in order to let a teen know he’s been drafted to fight in Vietnam. Full of photos, music, and figures of the time, this is the masterful story of what it’s like to be young and American in troubled times.

Deborah Wiles

Deborah Wiles is a two-time National Book Award finalist, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, an NAACP Book Award finalist, Jane Addams Peace Award finalist, E.B. White Award winner, Golden Kite Award winner, and a purveyor of fine vowels. You can find out more about her here.

The Sixties Trilogy

Fiction, biography, and scrapbooks with photographs and primary-source non-fiction in a groundbreaking new format: the documentary novel.


1962. The Cuban Missile Crisis comes home to Franny Chapman and her family in Washington, D.C.


1964. Freedom Summer volunteers “invade” Sunny Fairchild’s Mississippi hometown.


1969. Molly and Norman journey from Charleston, SC to San Francisco in a beat-up schoolbus to find Molly’s brother, who has been drafted. Along the way they discover America.

The Aurora County Books

A fictional Mississippi town full of lovable characters who have no idea how eccentric they are.

Love, Ruby Lavender

A girl, a grandmother, three “rescued” chickens. What could go wrong?

Each Little Bird That Sings

“Open your arms to life! Let it strut into your heart in all its messy glory!”

The Aurora County All-Stars

“The first rule of baseball is: NO GIRLS.”

A Long Line of Cakes

“There is so much need in the world, after all, and cake is one  simple way to soothe it.”


“I don’t ever write authors. But my 7th grade students and I have just finished reading Revolution, and for the first time in my 9 years as an educator, I cried with my students.”

– a teacher, about Revolution


“I teach in a predominately white southern small town in North Carolina. Most of our kids live in ignorance of the racism that still runs through our community. It’s not overt nor violent, but it is still here, as it is everywhere. They are so much like Sunny. Watching her grow helped awaken my students to their own privilege, and has made them ask so many important questions.”

– a reader and teacher, about Revolution


“I found your session so inspiring, and haven’t been able to stop thinking about writing since! Your books Countdown and Revolution had me in awe. I had never seen children’s books with such a creative and innovative layout. A documentary novel… who would have thought? I simply wanted to take a moment to thank you; thank you for your story, your knowledge, your humor, and your candidness.”

– a conference attendee and teacher