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A Summer of Kings

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This novel of a turbulent bond between a black teenager and a sheltered white girl in the Civil Rights era is a "powerful mix of triumph and tragedy" (School Library Journal).

It's 1963 and fourteen-year-old Esther Young is tired of feeling like a boring misfit in her well-off New York family full of talented artistic types. She wants this summer to be life-changing—and it will be.

King-Roy Johnson shows up on Esther's doorstep that summer. He's been sent north by his mother to escape a lynch mob after he was accused of murder in Alabama, and is taken in by Esther's family. Feeling betrayed by the nonviolent philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr., King-Roy meets a follower of Malcolm X who uses radical teachings about black revolution to fuel King-Roy's anger and frustration. Esther, meanwhile, becomes more drawn to Dr. King and Mahatma Gandhi. With each other's help, both Esther and King-Roy must learn the true nature of integrity and find the power to stand up for what's right.

From a National Book Award–winning author of Dancing on the Edge, this novel, by turns funny and poignant, "not only opens a window to history, but also displays Nolan's brilliant gift for crafting profoundly appealing protagonists" (School Library Journal).


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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Kindle Book

  • Release date: April 17, 2019

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9780547351438
  • Release date: April 17, 2019

EPUB ebook

  • ISBN: 9780547351438
  • File size: 682 KB
  • Release date: April 17, 2019

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Kindle Book
OverDrive Read
EPUB ebook

Languages

English

Levels

ATOS Level:5.1
Lexile® Measure:880
Interest Level:6-12(MG+)
Text Difficulty:4-5

This novel of a turbulent bond between a black teenager and a sheltered white girl in the Civil Rights era is a "powerful mix of triumph and tragedy" (School Library Journal).

It's 1963 and fourteen-year-old Esther Young is tired of feeling like a boring misfit in her well-off New York family full of talented artistic types. She wants this summer to be life-changing—and it will be.

King-Roy Johnson shows up on Esther's doorstep that summer. He's been sent north by his mother to escape a lynch mob after he was accused of murder in Alabama, and is taken in by Esther's family. Feeling betrayed by the nonviolent philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr., King-Roy meets a follower of Malcolm X who uses radical teachings about black revolution to fuel King-Roy's anger and frustration. Esther, meanwhile, becomes more drawn to Dr. King and Mahatma Gandhi. With each other's help, both Esther and King-Roy must learn the true nature of integrity and find the power to stand up for what's right.

From a National Book Award–winning author of Dancing on the Edge, this novel, by turns funny and poignant, "not only opens a window to history, but also displays Nolan's brilliant gift for crafting profoundly appealing protagonists" (School Library Journal).


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