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White lilacs

by Meyer, Carolyn, 1935-

Format: Print Book 2007
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Millvale Community Library Teen Fiction ILL RETURNED
Location  Millvale Community Library
Collection  Teen Fiction
Young Rose Lee Jefferson is shocked to learn that the white residents of Dillon, Texas, want to raze the city's black enclave, Freedomtown, and build a park in its place. Rose Lee and the other residents of Freedomtown cannot bear the thought of losing their homes. But fighting the city's plans could be costly--or even life threatening. Will the families of Freedomtown be able to save their thriving community? Includes a reader's guide.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6-9. In 1921 the "colored" section of the Texas town of Dillon was called Freedom. It had its own school, its own churches, a general store, homes, and gardens. When the white residents of Dillon vote to turn the area into a town park, the residents of Freedom realize their loss is a foregone conclusion. The subsequent dismantling of the community and the businesses and families living and thriving there is seen through the eyes of Freedom teenager Rose Lee Jefferson. Characterizations and relationships ring true as Meyer depicts the black community chillingly intimidated by a silent Ku Klux Klan march; the tarring and feathering of Henry, Rose Lee's brother, a World War I veteran who refuses to buckle under to a rich white man's son; and Rose Lee's enlisting the aid of the daughter of the same rich white man to smuggle Henry to safety. Through it all, Rose Lee chronicles the last days of Freedom in a sketchbook, drawing pictures in an effort to capture the reality and spirit of the place she thought would always be home. Based on a true story, White Lilacs has a concrete sense of time and place that will transport readers so effectively that their view of the present may be forever altered. (Reviewed Nov. 1, 1993)0152006419Janice Del Negro"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Based, as the author explains in an endnote, on an event that took place in 1921-22, this somber, moving story focuses on prejudice, injustice and everyday bravery. When the city council of Dillon, Tex., unveils its plans to raze Freedomtown--an all-black enclave in the town's center--and replace it with a park, the proposal unleashes a tumult of rage and defiance in the black community. The Freedomtowners' indignation dwindles down to a trickle of unrest and, eventually, resignation after a Klan cross-burning, the destruction of the local school and several other frightening, dispiriting events. As seen through the eyes of 12-year-old aspiring artist Rose Lee Jefferson, this struggle for equal rights quickly becomes a sorrowful march toward an inevitable eviction. Even Rose Lee's activist older brother--a World War I veteran and follower of Marcus Garvey--fails in his fight against Dillon's privileged class: he is tarred and feathered by local hooligans. Numerous historical details and snippets of then-current political thought are smoothly integrated into the story. Bleak though its conclusion is, this bittersweet novel is poignant and tender, both in its spare vernacular dialogue and delicate description. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Race relations -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Texas -- History -- 1865-1950 -- Juvenile fiction.
Texas -- History -- 1865-1950 -- Fiction.
Publisher Orlando :Harcourt, Inc.,2007
Edition First Harcourt paperback edition.
Language English
Notes Includes discussion questions.
Description 242 pages : illustration, map ; 18 cm
ISBN 0152058516
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