by Jennifer Latham
Biracial Rowan Chase discovers a skeleton on her wealthy family’s property in contemporary Tulsa, Oklahoma. As she digs further into the history of this unknown person, she begins to learn much about the past, the present, and her own family’s history. Will Tillman, living one hundred years earlier, is caught in the bitter reality of a city divided by cruel racism, some of which he finds himself directly responsible for. Told in alternating chapters by the two seventeen-year-olds, this is a fascinating mystery that reveals some of the little known history of the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921 and the painful enduring legacy we still deal with today. This historical fiction is well told, heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, February 21, 2017, 365 pages, MS/HS.
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