Dreamland Burning

Dreamland Burning Some bodies won t stay buried Some stories need to be told When seventeen year old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family s property she has no idea that investigating the brutal century old murd

  • Title: Dreamland Burning
  • Author: Jennifer Latham
  • ISBN: 9780316384933
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Some bodies won t stay buried Some stories need to be told.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 past, the present, and herself.One hundred years earlier, a single violent encounter propels seventeen year old WillSome bodies won t stay buried Some stories need to be told.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 past, the present, and herself.One hundred years earlier, a single 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.

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    • LolaReviewer says:

      This is so very different from Jennifer Latham’s debut novel, ‘‘Scarlett Undercover,’’ which I just couldn’t bring myself to finish.A good different, obviously. A different that made my jaw drop. Because this is the kind of book I always welcome with open arms to the world.Present day Tulsa – A body is found on Rowan’s family’s property. Who is it? Was a murder committed? What has Rowan gotten into? With the help of her asexual (awesome!!) friend James, she begins to dig around [...]

    • Erin says:

      I have to admit I'm ashamed that I'd never heard of what took place in Tulsa in 1921. Call it what you will a massacre, riot, or a holocaust it was awful and still being pushed under the rug all these years later. Dreamland Burning is part murder mystery part historical fiction and all great. Dreamland Burning is powerful story that will keep you thinking long after you've finished reading. Dreamland Burning is well written and thoroughly researched.Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge: Book Set in T [...]

    • Johanna Pugh says:

      I am not sure I can put into coherent words how madly in love I am with this book. I was really fortunate to receive an advanced reader copy of it. Never in my life have I identified with a main character like this. I usually gravitate away from a lot of the popular YA novels because let's be real, I'm a biracial black woman--I can't see myself in a lot of the white dude protagonists.Jennifer Latham is the type of author I hope to be someday.She seamlessly wove together the stories of a modern d [...]

    • Jennifer Latham says:

      Biased? Yes. But in all honesty, this book changed my life :)

    • TL says:

      The dead always have stories to tell. They just need the living to listen.Some bodies won’t stay buried. Some stories need to be told."The lives that ended that night mattered. It was a mistake for this city to try to forget, and it's an even bigger one to pretend everything's fine now. Black men and women are dying today for the same reasons they did in 1921. And we have to call that out Rowan. Every single time.I thought about Clarence and what I'd done to him. About Joseph and how I'd come [...]

    • Fafa's Book Corner says:

      Mini review:DNFI was really looking forward to reading this! I had been hearing a lot of good things about it. When I saw it in my library I didn't hesitate to pick it up. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.The story had a lot going for it. But what really dragged it down where the odd (and not well done) point of view changes. The minute I started to care about Roman's chapter, we're taken to Will's chapter. I personally found this choppy. I didn't care for either Rowan or Will. They were annoying. [...]

    • Debbie says:

      Rowan's mother is Black. Her father is White. They're wealthy. He's a doctor; she's a lawyer. Rowan goes to a private school. Her sidekick is James. He's "part-Kiowa, part-black" (Kindle location 308). The house Rowan lives in (where the skeleton was found) was commissioned (to be built) by Will's parents, back in 1921. It, as Will describes it, is "more mansion than house" (Kindle location 363). The money to build it is not from his father, who owns a Victrola store, but from his mother. She's [...]

    • Leah Craig says:

      Oh my GOD this book. I need time to process before I can fully review.

    • Tammy says:

      I enjoyed this intriguing book, full of suspense, murder + centuries old Jim Crow. The storyline flashes between it's two main characters flowing easily; Will Tillman, 17y--Tulsa race riots of 1921Rowan Chase, 17y--present day, finder of skeletal remains on her families property.Rowan digs in to solve the mystery of her new discovery while her own life is uncertain. Reading along, I love how the plot asks more questions than provides answers making it hard to put down until it's end. A wonderful [...]

    • Tikaa says:

      Hands down one of the best books I've ever read.

    • Thing Two says:

      You know it's a good book when I skip fireworks to finish.I resisted liking this book, primarily because I thought it was YA, and I don't generally enjoy YA books. This is YA only because the protagonists--it's a story told in two parts, present and past--are both 17. The situations they face are adult-not sexual, but definitely grown-up. The story opens with Rowan, the 17-yo daughter of two busy professional parents living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It's summer vacation, and mom has set her up with a [...]

    • Nicole Hewitt says:

      In short, I loved this book and thought that it did a fantastic job of bringing attention to race relations--both how far we've come and how far we still have to go. You can check out the full dual review that I posted (along with AJ from Read All the Things) on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via BEA 2016 in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

    • Lucy Stambaugh says:

      Guys. Guys I NEED to talk to you about this amazing book by a local Tulsa author. It's so good, with twists and turns and an ending that kept me guessing until right before the end. I LOVED how little pieces were tied together. The writing style was different and I loved the very distinct voices of the two narrators. I'm so glad that this subject and unfortunate part of Tulsa's history is getting more attention.

    • Jane says:

      I thought I'd like this book but I completely fell in love the further I got into it.The writing is really solid and the two POVs balance out really nicely. I wasn't thinking too deeply about the mystery aspect at first, but as things heated up in William's story I was practically reading the book through my fingers, I was so anxious! This isn't a typical YA novel - that genre label doesn't really mean much anymore, I don't think, but I was really happy there wasn't any romance, love triangles, [...]

    • anna says:

      It was probably quieter a hundred years ago, but that doesn’t necessarily mean better. I understand now that history only moves forward in a straight line when we learn from it. Otherwise it loops past the same mistakes over and over againview: Dreamland Burning is a vibrant, modern told story about the Tulsa race riot.I steer away from historical fiction because history bores me. The historical story needs to POP at me or I don't see it. But Dreamland Burning accomplished that for me. I was i [...]

    • ✧ k a t i e ✧ says:

      "The lives that ended that night mattered. It was a mistake for this city to try to forget, and it's an even bigger one to pretend everything's fine now. Black men and women are dying today for the same reasons they did in 1921. And we have to call that out, Rowan. Every single time." Dreamland Burningis a historical fiction novel that follows Rowan, a girl who finds a century-old skeleton in her back yard, and Will, a boy who lives in the segregated town of Tulsa in 1921. In Rowan's chapters, y [...]

    • Kusaimamekirai says:

      This young adult story centered around the burning of a black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in 1921 is quite extraordinary. Told from the alternating perspectives of two teenagers living 100 years apart from each other, we learn not only about the event itself but the simmering racial animosity that seemingly hasn't changed much despite the passage of time.The story starts in the present day with a 17 year old girl named Rowan who discovers a skeleton under the floorboards of the new house h [...]

    • Sue Dix says:

      If I hadn't been told that this was a YA book, I would have sworn that it was an adult historical novel. This book is well written and makes me want to learn more about the era about which it was written. If you like to read books based on actual events, this one qualifies and then some. I really liked the back and forth between the present and the past and the intertwine of the two narrators stories. A really good book that grabs your attention throughout.

    • Rachel Wallace says:

      4.5 STARSWhat an amazing, introspective story about a complex issue which never seems to completely go away. A great YA selection for teenagers and adults alike. SYNOPSISNo one ever talked about the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot when I was growing up there in the 1980's. There was a brief mention of it in my Oklahoma History class in high school and I'm pretty sure most of my classmates were as surprised as I was to hear about it. It was just never discussed. It's hard to imagine something of that magnit [...]

    • Aoi says:

      It was probably quieter a hundred years ago, but that doesn't necessarily mean better. I understand now that history only moves forward in a straight line when we learn from it. Otherwise, it loops past the same mistakes over and over again."Engrossing, fantastic and all together real. I almost couldn't read some bits of it - the fear and the virulent hatred just leapt off the pages. But that's the nature of such things, isn't it? Kudos to the insightful discussions on racial identity and discri [...]

    • Yeldah says:

      THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE!I read this book in less than 2 days, it was that good! I was pretty surprised since it had been such a long time I'd found a book I could not put down. So let's get started as to why this book is amazing, firstly it has so many diverse characters, which is very important to me personally.The book has 2 POVs and the first is of a biracial 17-y/o girl (dad is white and mom is african-american). The second is only a biracial 17-y/o boy (dad is white and [...]

    • Kelli Robinson says:

      The subtitle on the front cover states: "History isn't over yet." Jennifer Latham brings that theme to life in this wonderful story based on the Tulsa race riot of 1921 and the struggles still present today for persons of color. The novel moves back and forth between past and present until both worlds and times collide quite dramatically and satisfactorily. This book may be categorized as Young Adult (which generally would cause me to pass it by) but fortunately the Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Book [...]

    • Lekeisha The Booknerd says:

      *4.5 stars* This is one twisted tale. The blend of past and present is genius in this case, as we get to see how it went down and solve the mystery altogether. Rowan is such a great protagonist, as is Will. That shows me not to hate a character before I get the whole story! Full RTC for blog tour.

    • Kales says:

      What a book. You discover a body from the first chapter and I still couldn't tell you who it was until the last chapter. This unfolded beautifully with twists and turns in both stories and they came together so well. I was intrigued and surprised and incited by both stories and by both main characters. They represented their time periods well. It was an excellent dual perspective and I was grateful to learn about an event in US history that I knew nothing about. Latham really dove into Oklahoma, [...]

    • Betty says:

      The weaving of two different stories into one was done so well in this historical fiction novel, that I had a hard time putting it down. I guess the book is classified as YA due to the fact that the main characters are 17 years old, but the subject matter is anything but childish. I had never known anything about the racial riot in Tulsa in 1921, and it doesn't surprise me that it was squashed and kept out of the history books. Thankfully Jennifer Latham has done an excellent job of making sure [...]

    • Rachel says:

      review later

    • Vuma (with the mini fro) Lillian says:

      He squeezed his eyes tight, opened them, re-sighted down the barrel, and spoke so there was no doubt he was talking to me: “I’ve spent my whole life forgiving white folks, Will,” he said. “And I’m so very tired of it.”The deepest of words spoken. Have I ever told you how much I love reading books set in a time before? Writing a novel where the main characters exist in 2 different worlds is not easy. Latham took on a hefty challenge (in my view) writing about Will Tillman in prohibiti [...]

    • Ryley (Ryley Reads) says:

      Thank you so much to Hachette Books Canada for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my ownIS BOOK DESERVES ALL OF THE STARS!I knew from page 4 that this book was going to be phenomenal - and I was right.The story is told in two halves. The first is from William, a bi-racial boy living in 1921 Tulsa during the 'race riot.' His father is white, and his mother is Native American - this creates a whole other tension for Will throughout the story and also a [...]

    • Cassi says:

      This book was fantastic, like seriously fantastic. I'm a huge fan of historical mysteries, books that have a fantastic mystery in the past that intertwined with something today and this book was just that. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more.For one thing this is a book full of mystery. It is one of those mysteries that is solvable but you don't have all the clues until the end when it all comes together in a conclusion that is thrilling in it's revelations even though you knew it [...]

    • Cristi says:

      I picked up this book knowing almost nothing about it, and I think it's best done that way. What started off as a cute teen mystery novel suddenly turned into something much more. I truly believe that humanity can be infinitely scarier than any monster or ghost story, and this book proves just that. This book taught me more about racism than any watered down version I learned in school, and I think it's a shame this type of knowledge is not more well spread. A fantastic, quick read whose charact [...]

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