A Heart Divided by Cherie Bennett

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Is the Confederate battle flag a racist symbol—or a proud reminder of Southern heritage?

When Kate’s liberal-minded family moves from the suburbs of New York City to a small town near Nashville, Kate is convinced her life is over. Redford lives up to Kate’s low expectations. The Confederate battle flag waves proudly in the sky, the local diner serves grits and sweet tea, and country music rules the airwaves. Then she meets Jackson Redford III, scion of the town and embodiment of everything Dixie. And dang if brilliant, gorgeous Jack doesn’t make Kate decide that maybe her new hometown isn’t so bad after all. But a petition to replace the school’s Confederate flag symbol is stirring up trouble. Kate dives right in, not afraid to attack what she sees as offensive. Getting involved means making enemies, though, and soon, Kate and Jack—and their families—find themselves pitted against each other in a bitter controversy: not just about the flag, but about what it means to be an American.

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About Cherie Bennett

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Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld have collaborated on fiction, stage, and other writing projects. For more information, visit them on the Web at www.cheriebennett.com.From the Hardcover edition.
Published May 4, 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 322 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Kate Pride’s liberal-minded mother wants her to be a Woman of Purpose, and Kate longs to be like the cool, pierced girls in the magazines who “looked as if they did drugs and had sex even if they didn’t.” But she has an epiphany at a performance of The Crucible, falls in love with playwriting, an...

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Shortly after Bennett and Gottesfeld's (the Trash series) strained novel opens, a family move wrenches 16-year-old narrator Kate from her suburban friends and beloved playwriting workshops in New York City, and immerses her in Redford, a small Tennessee town.

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This reviewer is both a Civil War re-enactor (Yankee side) and the parent of a mixed race African-American child, and feels that the issues involved with the Confederate flag are fairly and well represented in this book.

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