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A Novel Idea!: Dreamland Burning - 2018

Dreamland Burning

Review by Karen S.

 = Read/Re-Read/Repeat

What a great book to read. It is a fast read and should be recommended reading for high school students and on up. The story, although a fiction, is based on events that happened in Tulsa, OK in 1921. It is a murder mystery, but not the usual who done it tales. I was fascinated by how the author took the reader between scenes of 1921 and present day. The main characters go through a lot of changes throughout the book. The ending may surprise you.

This book would open up a lot of discussion about how things were for minorities in the past and today. Have things really changed? It is also a great book for character analysis and how people react to events based on their biases.

We don't know that we always have biases until something happens which opens our eyes. If a person has some good in them, they will most certainly examine their conscience. Two main characters, Rowan and William do just that. Please read this book and recommend for an assignment or for a book club. The author did a fantastic job of peeking my interest and kept my reading to the end.

  • Length: 400 pages
  • Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2018
  • ISBN: 0316384909
  • Category:  Fiction