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History is complicated

Dreamland Burning

Title: Dreamland Burning
By: Jennifer Latham

Rowan Chase lives with her parents in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When her parents decide to do some renovations on their house, they run into a problem—construction workers find a skeleton buried in the backyard. When it’s discovered that the body has probably been there since the early 1920s and it’s that of a young man, Rowan decides to find out the truth about what really happened. The truth leads to the events leading up to the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, when, over a two day period, the African American section of the city had been burned nearly to the ground. Rowanvaguely remembers learning about the riots in history class, but now it’s real. From a receipt found in the pocket of the dead man’s clothing, Rowan gets a name: William Tillman, a young man the same age as Rowan. Now, the story is told in two perspectives, Rowan’s investigation in the present day and William’s life in the days before the riot. At the end, will Rowan like the answers she finds? And will William survive the events of the riot?

Dreamland Burning shows us that history is complicated. There’s always more than one side to
every story.

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Posted on April 6, 2017 at 1:31 a.m.

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