Out of Darkness

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Carolrhoda Lab, 2015 - Juvenile Fiction - 402 pages

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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Naomi moves to East Texas with her twin siblings after their grandparents have a hard time caring for them and the twins' father has found God and summons them to live with him. Naomi has much darker ... Read full review

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A horror story based in reality. Texas, in 1936. People are rushing to find work at the oil wells. Naomi, of Mexican heritage, and her bi-racial twin step-siblings are sent to live with the twins ... 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 the YA novels Out of Darkness (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), The Knife and the Butterfly (Carolrhoda Lab, 2012), and What Can't Wait (Carolrhoda Lab, 2011). Her debut novel What Can't Wait won a spot on the 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for YA list, and The Knife and the Butterfly was included in the 2015 YALSA Popular Paperbacks list. Ashley grew up in Texas and taught high school in Houston before pursuing a PhD in comparative literature. She is now a visiting assistant professor of comparative studies at The Ohio State University and spends most of her time reading, writing, and teaching on topics from global youth narratives to Latin American and Latina/o fiction. She lives in Ohio with her husband, Arnulfo, and their son, Liam Miguel. Visit her online at http://www.ashleyperez.com/.

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