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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ashley Hope Perez Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe, Benita Robledo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9780735289468
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“This is East Texas, and there’s lines. Lines you cross, lines you don’t cross. That clear?”

New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Smith and Wash Fullerton 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 there are some forces even the most determined color lines cannot resist. And sometimes all it takes is an explosion.

Ashley Hope Prez 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "[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.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Unflinchingly intense….A powerful, layered tale of forbidden love in times of unrelenting racism.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Set against the backdrop of an actual historical event, Pérez’s young adult novel gives voice to many long-omitted facets of US history.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Robledo moves effortlessly between rigid control and panicked acceleration, imbuing the multiple viewpoints with authenticity and empathy, while Hoppe’s near-growling interruptions as ‘The Gang,’ a collective representation of racist classmates, remain menacing throughout.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016 in Audio
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016
  • A Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
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