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Review: Revolution

November 7, 2014


Sunny lives in Greenwood, Mississippi in the summer of 1964 and her world is being turned upside down.  People from the north are pouring into Mississippi to help African Americans register to vote.  The country is starting to integrate but many places in Greenwood would rather close than admit black citizens.   Sunny encounters Raymond, a young black man who will change the way she thinks.And, to top things off, Sunny’s father and sepmother are expecting a baby.

Four years ago, I read Countdown by Deborah Wiles and was completely blown away by it.  I heard that it was the first book in a trilogy and I anxiously awaited the next installment.  It’s taken awhile but the second book of the trilogy has finally been released.  Believe me, Revolution was worth the wait!  Set during Freedom Summer and narrated by Sunny and Raymond, it puts a human face on the historic events of that summer.

Wiles really does her research and opens each chapter with newspaper clippings, news broadcasts, excerpts from sermons, etc, to make the time period come alive.  To make it even more relevant, she includes other events from the 1960s, such as the Beatles coming to America and the Vietnam War.  I loved the way the story is presented and found it very compelling.  It’s an important story to share with young readers and I think they’ll get caught up with the historical details of the day as well.  Do yourself a favor and read this book – while you’re at it, read Countdown too!

The audio version of Revolution is a masterpiece.  It’s narrated by Stacey J. Aswad and Francois Battiste with J. D. Jackson and Robin Miles and they all do an excellent job.

Listen to a sample:


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Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
20 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2014 5:22 am

    Wow! I think you sold me on the audio version!

  2. November 7, 2014 6:49 am

    This sounds like a good one Kathy and like the time period and setting as well.

  3. November 7, 2014 7:49 am

    This sounds intense for middle grade. It sounds really good. Thanks for your review Kathy.

  4. November 7, 2014 8:39 am

    I loved both COUNTDOWN and REVOLUTION. Can’t wait for the third one!

  5. November 7, 2014 11:23 am

    I know so little about American History. Especially the segregation and integration history. It seems like a very convoluted subject. The more I hear the more I am intrigued.

  6. November 7, 2014 3:42 pm

    Me too re selling me on the audio version!

  7. November 7, 2014 3:43 pm

    Kathy, this trilogy sounds too good to pass up! I will definitely keep this in mind. Terrific review of Revolution!

  8. November 7, 2014 8:09 pm

    I really liked Countdown too. Has it been four years- wow! Glad that Revolution is worth the wait. I have the audio from the library and I’m eager to start listening.

  9. November 7, 2014 8:27 pm

    I’m not familiar with this series. I need to look into it. It sounds terrific.

  10. Patty permalink
    November 7, 2014 9:18 pm

    I have never heard a smidge about this series…but I am very curious!

  11. November 7, 2014 9:43 pm

    I’ve been reading middle grade, young adult a lot last week while sick. I’ve seen this book at the library and am glad to know it is part of a series.

  12. November 8, 2014 9:15 am

    I think I better add both of those to my list. I love books set during that time frame.

  13. November 8, 2014 2:10 pm

    This sounds like a great book. And relevant now that African Americans are once again having problems registering to vote and getting to the polls in the south.

  14. November 8, 2014 2:46 pm

    I am so excited that she finally published the next book – Countdown was such a fantastic book. I love the way she chose to tell these stories.

  15. November 8, 2014 5:35 pm

    Sounds too good to pass up! I’m adding this trilogy to my list!

  16. November 9, 2014 4:28 pm

    This sounds like it will be a great trilogy! I will have to check it out.

  17. November 9, 2014 8:23 pm

    So this is a young adult book? That sounds excellent. My daughter and I are studying 20th Century World History for school. There are some touchy subjects, but very important ones to discuss.

  18. November 9, 2014 9:55 pm

    Wow! That’s quite an endorsement. Off to see if my library has the first one ( you know how I am about reading in order :)).

  19. November 12, 2014 12:40 pm

    I love that audio clip. I have to listen to the whole story now. I’m so glad book two lived up to your expectations.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    November 17, 2014 11:03 am

    Yay! I knew you’d love this one! You need to take a look at actual book to see all of the amazing pictures.

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