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Some bodies won’t stay buried.
Some stories need to be told.
When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past... and the present.
Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns.
Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham’s lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important question about the complex state of US race relations – both yesterday and today.
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November 08, 2016
This is so very different from Jennifer Latham’s debut novel, ‘‘Scarlett Undercover,’’ which I just couldn’t bring myself to finish.
A good different, obviously. A different that made my jaw drop. Because this is the kind of book I always welcome with open arms to the world.
Present day Tulsa – A b...
April 06, 2017
I have to admit I'm ashamed that I'd never heard of what took place in Tulsa in 1921. Call it what you will a massacre, riot, or a holocaust it was awful and still being pushed under the rug all these years later. Dreamland Burning is part murder mystery part historical fiction and all great. Dre...
August 12, 2016
I am not sure I can put into coherent words how madly in love I am with this book. I was really fortunate to receive an advanced reader copy of it. Never in my life have I identified with a main character like this. I usually gravitate away from a lot of the popular YA novels because let's be rea...
June 30, 2017
Biased? Yes. But in all honesty, this book changed my life :)
April 13, 2017
The dead always have stories to tell. They just need the living to listen.
Some bodies won’t stay buried. Some stories need to be told.
"The lives that ended that night mattered. It was a mistake for this city to try to forget, and it's an even bigger one to pretend everything's fine now. Black men...
March 13, 2017
Rowan's mother is Black. Her father is White. They're wealthy. He's a doctor; she's a lawyer. Rowan goes to a private school. Her sidekick is James. He's "part-Kiowa, part-black" (Kindle location 308). The house Rowan lives in (where the skeleton was found) was commissioned (to be built) by Will'...
October 22, 2017
I was really looking forward to reading this! I had been hearing a lot of good things about it. When I saw it in my library I didn't hesitate to pick it up. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.
The story had a lot going for it. But what really dragged it down where the odd (and not well...
March 31, 2017
Oh my GOD this book. I need time to process before I can fully review.
August 05, 2017
I enjoyed this intriguing book, full of suspense, murder + centuries old Jim Crow. The storyline flashes between it's two main characters flowing easily;
Will Tillman, 17y--Tulsa race riots of 1921
Rowan Chase, 17y--present day, finder of skeletal remains on her families property.
Rowan digs in to...
March 15, 2018
3.5 stars --- A solid story with some flaws in execution. I enjoyed it once I allowed myself to focus more on the story and overlook some stylistic choices that irked me. The second half was MUCH stronger than the first half. Full review coming soon!