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Pérez, Ashley Hope.
Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Lab, 2015
ISBN 1467742023

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Warning: do not read Out of Darkness in public unless you’re okay with ugly-crying in front of people. Brace yourself for a read that is both beautiful and gut-wrenching. The story opens with the 1937 school explosion in New London, Texas, and then backtracks to the fall of 1936. Fifteen-year-old Naomi has just moved to New London with her two half-siblings and their father. As a Mexican-American, Naomi struggles to fit into the racially divided town. Her only friend is Wash, an African-American teen. Their love grows in the secrecy of the woods, but can it thrive amidst hatred, violence, and mounting tensions? 
(Oklahoma Sequoyah Award, 2017)

SUBJECTS:     African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Explosions -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.
                        Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
                        New London (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
                        Race relations -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.

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