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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ronald Kidd Narrator: Ashley Albert Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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School is out in the summer of 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee. For Frances Robinson, a fifteen-year-old daydreamer with a crush on her teacher, John T. Scopes, summer vacation promises tennis and Coca-Colas from her father’s drug store. But when Frances’s father, the school board chairman, has Scopes arrested for teaching evolution, the sleepiest place on earth becomes a hotbed for famous thinkers, including H. L. Mencken, Clarence Darrow, and William Jennings Bryan. Overnight the world is flocking to Dayton to decide: Are people really descended from monkeys? Does the theory of evolution have a place in biology class? As Frances sees the man she loves crumbling beside her, she begins to question her town, her neighbors, and the father she has always trusted.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Omgitsapenguin | 2/4/2014

    " gives you a look into the great years of history "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Librarian | 2/1/2014

    " This is the fictionalization of the Scopes "Monkey Trial" that occurred in the 1920s. Teenager Frances is the daughter of the town drugstore owner, who stirs up the controversy over John Scopes' teaching of evolution in a local school just to generate publicity and noteriety for the town in Tennessee. Frances tells the story of Clarence Darrow coming to defend Mr. Scopes (on whom she has a little crush), and William Jennings Bryan coming to town to prosecute. She also runs into H.L. Mencken who is one of the many journalists who have come to town to cover the trial. A well-told story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Samantha | 1/27/2014

    " A little plodding at times, but overall an engaging fictionalization of the Scopes trial, as witnessed through the eyes of a 15 year old girl. I'm not much for historical fiction, so it's hard for me to judge the quality compared to other similar books, but I was interested from start to finish, cared about the main characters, and felt like I learned a thing or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caitlinleah | 1/20/2014

    " kind of unmemoralble, still a fun fictional account of the scopes trial and how it changed as it progressed. "

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