Out of Darkness

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Carolrhoda Lab, 2015 - Juvenile Fiction - 402 pages
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A Michael L. Printz Honor Book

This is East Texas, and there's lines. Lines you cross, lines you don't cross. That clear?

New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them. They know the people who enforce them. But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful it breaks through even the most entrenched color lines. And the consequences can be explosive.

Ashley Hope Pérez takes the facts of the 1937 New London school explosion--the worst school disaster in American history--as a backdrop for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people.

[This] layered tale of color lines, love and struggle in an East Texas oil town is a pit-in-the-stomach family drama that goes down like it should, with pain and fascination, like a mix of sugary medicine and artisanal moonshine.--The New York Times Book Review

Pérez deftly weaves [an] unflinchingly intense narrative....A powerful, layered tale of forbidden love in times of unrelenting racism.―starred, Kirkus Reviews

This book presents a range of human nature, from kindness and love to acts of racial and sexual violence. The work resonates with fear, hope, love, and the importance of memory....Set against the backdrop of an actual historical event, Pérez...gives voice to many long-omitted facets of U.S. history.―starred, School Library Journal

 

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A Mexican-American girl and a black boy begin an ill-fated love in the months leading up to a catastrophic 1937 school explosion in East Texas. The powerful story opens with the legendary school ... Read full review

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Contents

March 18 1937
1
The Explosion
5
16 pm
6
Before
9
September 1936
10
October 1936
71
November 1936
114
December 1936
148
March 1937
242
After
291
25 pm
292
Epilogue
394
Authors Note
398
Acknowledgments
400
About the Author
402
Back Flap
403

January 1937
178
February 1937
210
Back Cover
404
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About the author (2015)

Ashley Hope Pérez is the author of award-winning books for young adults, including What Can't Wait , The Knife and the Butterfly , and Out of Darkness . Out of Darkness was described by The New York Times as a "layered tale of color lines, love and struggle" and was named one of Booklist 's "50 Best YA Books of All Time." It also won the 2016 Tomás Rivera Book Award, the 2016 Américas Award, and a 2016 Printz honor for excellence in young adult literature from the American Library Association. When she's not writing or hanging out with her two beautiful sons, Liam Miguel and Ethan Andrés, Ashley teaches world literature at The Ohio State University. Visit her online at www.ashleyperez.com or find her on Twitter and Instagram: @ashleyhopeperez.

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