Happening Soon at Square Books Junior
It's 1964, and Sunny's town is
being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood,
Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are
coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom
Meanwhile, Sunny can't help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool -- where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs.
As she did in her groundbreaking documentary novel COUNTDOWN award-winning author Deborah Wiles uses stories and images to tell the riveting story of a certain time and place -- and of kids who, in a world where everyone is choosing sides, must figure out how to stand up for themselves and fight for what's right.
Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama and grew up in an Air Force family, moving many times but digging deep roots into the Mississippi soil of her extended family. She still travels "down South" today from her longtime home in Frederick, Maryland, where she lives with her family and works as a freelance writer. She also teaches writing and oral history workshops--sharing with children how all history is really biography, and how every person's story is important. Freedom Summer is her first book.
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SBJ Book Society
The SBJ Book Society, Square Books Jr.'s first official book club, is not your average book club. The Phase I group consists of ages 8 through 12 (with some exceptions) and meets the second Friday of every month at Square Books Jr., 6-7 o'clock P.M. The SBJ Book Society will choose, read, and discuss one exciting, quality work of fiction every month. We don't just pick any old book - we compare novels, new and old, and narrow our selection to the most intriguing and relevant titles. SBJ members get a 10% discount off the chosen selection. SBJ Book Society members are encouraged to write book reviews and post them to the Square Books, Jr. website (publishers and authors love this). Sometimes SBJ Book Society has the opportunity to meet and interact with select authors. We also like to talk about school projects and other books that members are reading. Granted--sometimes we get silly and talk about goofy stuff--but we try to stay focused on the task at hand: literary enjoyment and enlightenment. If you are interested in joining the SBJ Book Society or learning more about us please email jill[at]squarebooks.com or junior[at]squarebooks.com or call us at 662-236-2207.