Dreamland Burning by Jennifer LathamDreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Dreamland Burning

byJennifer Latham

Hardcover | February 21, 2017

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A compelling dual-narrated tale from Jennifer Latham that questions how far we've come with race relations.
Some bodies won't stay buried.
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.
Jennifer Lathamis an army brat with a soft spot for kids, books, and poorly behaved dogs. She's the author ofScarlett Undercoverand lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband and two daughters.
Title:Dreamland BurningFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:February 21, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316384933

ISBN - 13:9780316384933


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Historical fiction and murder mystery, two of my favourite categories! While there were parts of the story that made me mad (as they should) I still really enjoyed the story and how Jennifer Latham constructed the events. I always consider a book well written when I have trouble figuring out the ending before it's revealed.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really wonderful read Why do I love historical fiction?! They just make me angry! Really interesting book with tons of evaluation and information about racism. Honestly, the exact same crap is happening now so I couldn't even be like "man, thank God it's not like that anymore!" really amazing book
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Review posted on Goodreads! Mini review: DNF I was really looking forward to reading this! I had been hearing a lot of good things about it. When I saw it in my library I didn't hesitate to pick it up. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. The story had a lot going for it. But what really dragged it down where the odd (and not well done) point of view changes. The minute I started to care about Roman's chapter, we're taken to Will's chapter. I personally found this choppy. I didn't care for either Rowan or Will. They were annoying. So the story didn't have any impact on me. I tried sticking it out for about 80 pages. But found the story going nowhere. I do still recommend it.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Topical exploration of ancestral history and slave-era oppression For Those Who Enjoyed: Holes, The Help, Their Eyes Were Watching God, To Kill a Mockingbird, Allegedly Would I Select it for Publication? I don’t know about this one! This one’s got a slow build which doesn’t immediately grip you like it should. It gets there by the end of the first chapter, but it felt like I was going through the motions to get to that point. It does definitely feel, though, like Latham’s also got a point to make. Hers is one about race relations and slave-era America and how it’s impossible to erase that corrupt history, no matter how hard you try to clean the slate. There is clearly something to be said for erasure of victims, whether they’re women, like Cristin Moracho’s narrative in A Good Idea, or black people, as Latham’s addressing. It’s incredibly topical now especially and I think it’s important to bring that discussion to teens as accessibly as possible. So while I don’t think this would be an immediately obvious choice for me as an agent, there is undoubtedly a place on the shelves for this novel and a reason it’s out there now.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone needs to read this book! THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE! I read this book in less than 2 days, it was that good! I was pretty surprised since it had been such a long time I'd found a book I could not put down. So let's get started as to why this book is amazing, firstly it has so many diverse characters, which is very important to me personally. The book has 2 POVs and the first is of a biracial 17-y/o girl (dad is white and mom is african-american). The second is only a biracial 17-y/o boy (dad is white and mom is native american). Oh and there's an asexual character as well because why not! The research for literally everything (from the history to exploring sexuality) was done with such respect and heart. The main characters (even many side ones) felt like real human beings. The plot was framed around the Tulsa Riots, something as a Canadian I hadn’t heard about but is a relevant story that needs to be told because many ppl in America don’t know much about it either. This was one book made me agree even more about the need of the ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ movement. It made me tear up a lot, it made me afraid about what’s happening right now in the States but also happy and inspired because this book is a clear message that there’s still hope and we can get through it together. *Received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2017-02-06

Editorial Reviews

"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