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Dreamland Burning is everything I could ever want from a YA novel. Historical fiction at its best, the book keeps all the good parts of a mystery while peppering in realistic relationships between flawed characters that will make your heart ache with your love for them. While mainly about the Tulsa "riots" of 1921, the book has diversity through two time periods and shows perfectly how mistakes of history can so easily become mistakes of the present. The point of the book is not resolution or justice being served, but it has a clear message: lessons unacknowledged from the past will repeat themselves until learned.
— Kerri McNair
About the Author
Jennifer Latham is an army brat with a soft spot for kids, books, and poorly behaved dogs. She's the author of Scarlett Undercover and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband and two daughters.
Praise for Dreamland Burning:
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books of the Year Pick
A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
* "Latham presents a fast-paced historical novel brimming with unsparing detail and unshakeable truths about a shameful chapter in American history... An unflinching, superbly written story about family, friendship, and integrity, set during one of America's deadliest race riots."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)* "
weaves together the story of two well-off, mixed-race teenagers--Rowan, in the present, and Will, who lived in Tulsa in 1921--in this fast-paced, tension-filled look at race, privilege, and violence in America
... This timely story g
ives readers an unflinching look at the problem of racism, both past and present, while simultaneously offering the hope of overcoming that hatred."
—Booklist (starred review)
* "Enthralling, expertly paced."
—School Library Journal (starred review)
asks readers to consider the responsibilities of a witness; what it is like to be biracial when belonging to one group is paramount; and about whether saving one person can make a difference in the broader context of society's racial problems."—The Horn Book
"Latham's research for this novel is evident
. The historical period is richly detailed
, offering a window into the racial inequalities and hatred that divided this community."—VOYA
"Wrapped in a detective tale, this is a thoughtful look at racial issues, an exciting whodunit, and a fascinating glimpse into Tulsa history."
—School Library Connection