White Lilacs by Carolyn Meyer

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Rose Lee Jefferson overhears the ladies of the garden club discussing the city’s plans to level Dillon’s black community, Freedomtown, to build a park for the city’s white residents. The plan is carried out, and nothing remains of Freedomtown but the memories of its former residents and a series of drawings that Rose Lee makes to celebrate the community. “Meyer’s moving account is as much a documentary as a novel, with a vividly realized setting and a good array of characters to dramatize issues.”--Kirkus Reviews

About Carolyn Meyer

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CAROLYN MEYER is the acclaimed author of more thanáfifty books for young people. Her many award-winning novels include Mary, Bloody Mary, an ABA Pick of the Lists, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, a New York Times bestseller; White Lilacs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age, and an IRA Young Adults' Choice; andáMarie, Dancing, a BookSense Pick.áMs. Meyer lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visit her website at www.readcarolyn.com.
Published October 31, 1993 by Gulliver Books. 256 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Using fictional characters, she explores typical attitudes: Rose Lee, 12, overhears her white employer describe her home and people in cruelly demeaning terms;

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Based, as the author explains in an endnote, on an event that took place in 1921-22, this somber, moving story focuses on prejudice, injustice and everyday bravery. When the city council of Dillon, Te

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Even Rose Lee's activist older brother--a World War I veteran and follower of Marcus Garvey--fails in his fight against Dillon's privileged class: he is tarred and feathered by local hooligans.

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