A compelling dual-narrated tale from Jennifer Latham that questions how far we've come with race relations.
Some bodies won't stay buried.Jennifer Latham
Some stories need to be told.
When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the present and the past.
Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns.
Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham's lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important questions about the complex state of US race relations--both yesterday and today.
is an army brat with a soft spot for kids, books, and poorly behaved dogs. She's the author ofScarlett Undercover
and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband and two daughters.Praise forDreamland 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 withunsparing detail and unshakeable truthsabout a shameful chapter in American history... Anunflinching, superbly written storyabout 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, lÉ*