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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 present and the past.
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 questions about the complex state of US race relations–both yesterday and today.
Dreamland Burning is a fiction book about a well known part of history in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you are from Tulsa or NE Oklahoma, you have probably heard of the Tulsa Race Riots. However, if you live in the Tulsa area, you have probably never heard of the Tulsa Race Riots.
There is a lot that isn’t known about the Tulsa Race Riots. Much of its history was covered up which makes it hard to write about. Dreamland Burning is considered a YA book, but I think this book is a great book for adults as well. The author take a difficult part of history and shares it in an interesting way that draws you into the story. Yes, this is fiction, but the time period, place, and event are a big part of Oklahoma history.