Sources of Light by Margaret McMullanSources of Light by Margaret McMullan

Sources of Light

byMargaret McMullan

Paperback | August 7, 2012

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"Powerfully portrays the bravery and loss of a tumultuous time." -Publishers WeeklyIt's 1962, a year after the death of Sam's father, and Sam and her mother must move toJackson, Mississippi, her father's conservative hometown. Needless to say, they don'tquite fit in.People fear that Sam, her mother, and her mother's artist friend, Perry, are in theSouth to "agitate" and to shake up the dividing lines between black and white and blurit all to gray. As racial injustices ensue-sit-ins and run-ins with secret white supremacists-Sam learns to focus with her camera lens to bring social injustice out of thedarkness and into the light.
Margaret McMullan is the author of Cashay, When I Crossed No-Bob, and How I Found the Strong.  Twice she has received the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was born in Newton County, Mississippi, near Smith County, and lives in Evansville, Indiana, wit...
Title:Sources of LightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.58 inPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547722362

ISBN - 13:9780547722368


Editorial Reviews

Like many novels that have civil rights at the center of them, this is not an easy read, but it is worth the effort. McMullan's well-chosen words realistically portray the conflicts that Sam, her mother, and those around them face. The truths the teen learns are timeless, allowing readers to identify with her. Make room on your library shelves for this one."- School Library Journal, starred review"When 14-year-old Samantha Thomas moves to Jackson, Miss., in 1962, following her father's death in Vietnam, she learns about love and hate all in the same year? Though this fine volume easily stands by itself, McMullan links it with two previous works-How I Found the Strong (2004) and When I Crossed No-Bob (2007)-and readers who read the first installments will feel that they are in the midst of an excellent historical saga."- Kirkus "This historical novel set in 1962 Mississippi spotlights the tensions of the early civil rights movement through the evolution of 14-year-old Sam, a former army brat transplanted to her recently deceased father's home state when her mother accepts a teaching job at the local college. McMullan ( Cashay ) effectively captures the Southern setting and frames Sam's conflict between belonging and doing the right thing in the face of racial prejudice? It's a high stakes novel that powerfully portrays the bravery and loss of a tumultuous time."- Publishers Weekly "