Dreamland Burning

Dreamland Burning

eBook - 2017
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"When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery"-- Provided by publisher.
Alternating chapters explore how race relations have changed in the past century, as Rowan Chase investigates a murder committed during the Tulsa race riot in 1921.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316384926
0316384925
Characteristics: 1 online resource (371 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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peapod416
Dec 11, 2017

I absolutely LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down. I could've read it in one sitting if I hadn't started it at 10:30pm. The twists and turns of the mystery had you second guessing yourself up until it was solved. It felt like I was reading the book version of a season of How to Get Away With Murder. Not the topic but how at the beginning and end of each episode you find out more and more of what happened in the future and in case of the book, what happened in the past. 10/10 would recommend.

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seabun
Nov 10, 2017

Having learned about the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot(Massacre) in high school but wanting to know more, I was curious to check out this book after hearing an interview with the author on the radio. I'll admit I was skeptical at first of the premise, as well as the YA and fiction-take on the story; I wasn't sure if the truth would be "watered down" or if certain artistic liberties (the protagonists, all characters with dialogue, are fictional) would be disrespectful or take the reader away from the reality of the time. This is a story that needs to be more widely known and understood.
I was pleasantly surprised and happy that my fears were unfounded. Dreamland Burning was a riveting page-turner, and as a long-time Tulsan I found myself beaming with pride whenever I recognized a local reference (there are lots of Tulsa name-drops in this book, from local locales to historical figures to the "pace" of life here) and equally appalled or disgusted when faced with the harsh reality that was Tulsa, OK in 1921. This was a terrible time in Tulsa's past, and for too long the city has tried to forget it ever happened. Thankfully that is changing, in part to books like this.
Yes, at its heart this is a YA novel, so i felt at times like the dialogue was clunky and certain aspects of the history were "softened", though never omitted entirely. To her credit the author addresses as much in an epilogue. But the positive aspects of the book far outweigh its flaws, and I think everyone from a high school student to an adult history buff can enjoy this book very much. This is not the definitive tome on the Tulsa Race Massacre mind you, but it is an enthralling introduction to a sensitive subject from history and heated topics that sadly are still very relevant today. The decision to stagger two narratives, one in 1921, one in present day, ends up being a compelling way to bring history to life, to show in what ways progress has been made, and in what ways it hasn't.
I have spent many of my formative years in and around the Greenwood area of Tulsa, what was once a burgeoning hub for an isolated black community known as "Black Wallstreet", and it can be hard to picture what once was, and what was lost. But "Dreamland Burning" transports the reader to a forgotten era and a once-forgotten tragedy, and hopefully plants even the tiniest seeds of understanding and growth, so that all the pain suffered in 1921 will not have been for naught.

LPL_MeredithW Jul 26, 2017

This fast-paced, thoughtful historical YA novel cuts back and forth between two teenagers living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a century apart: one today, and one in 1921, on the cusp of the city's infamous massacre of its black citizens. In today's Tulsa, biracial teenager Rowan Chase finds a skeleton in her backyard; in 1921, we find out how it got there. I could barely put this book down.

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ReaderErin
Jun 19, 2017

This is one of my all time favorite books!
The way the author was able to fit present day and past together and make them work to show how certain things are still the same, was truly amazing to read.
We also get to learn a part of history that I had no idea about, and would love to learn more about in the future.
Highly recommend for everyone.

TSCPL_Anna Jun 05, 2017

This is easily one of the best YA books I've read in a while, and so far, my favorite read of 2017.
Dreamland Burning is about the Tulsa Race Riots of the 1920s, which I'll admit, I had no clue existed until now. It is told in the smartest way possible, by alternating between two main characters: Rowan, a high school student who discovers a skeleton buried in the backyard of her Tulsa home, and William, who is alive during the Tulsa Race Riots.
Prepare yourself for an amazing story that's as much of a detective story as it is a historical thriller.

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Shelley51
May 28, 2017

Booker T Washington high school in Tulsa has made this book required summer reading for incoming freshmen. When I purchased the book for my grandson I read the first few pages. I was hooked. I read the entire book over the weekend while his family was out of town. Since I grew up in Tulsa it is fun when the author refers to local places. The story is amazing, the characters were so real. I am proud to share that my grandfather was one of the business owners who sheltered Greenwood residents. This book helped me to understand what he experienced. It is a must read!

afictionado Apr 01, 2017

Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property which leads her on a hunt to solve the historical murder. Meanwhile decades earlier Will Tillman has to confront his own biases as racial tension thickens before the 1921 Tulsa race riots.

Reminded me in some ways of Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez, but with a much more positive ending.

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HarkiQuinn
Feb 28, 2017

Dreamland Burning is a thought-provoking novel on progress that I recommend to EVERYONE.

Plot: As you can see from the synopsis, there are literal skeletons in Rowan's backyard which leads to a 90-year-old mystery. The novel opened with Rowan and a few unlucky construction workers stumbling across the skeleton and Rowan's curiosity was instantly piqued - especially since the property had been her family's name for decades. Dreamland Burning was told from alternating perspectives in different time periods. Rowan served as the modern woman in 2017, while William was a white man living in 1920 Tulsa when Jim Crow was at its height. Both stories helped connect the reader to understanding history and the mysterious skeleton.

I loved the alternating chapters of Dreamland Burning because each discussed race relations in a separate time period. It was interesting to see how ideas changed and what problems still plague our society. Admittedly, it took a while to uncover the mystery behind the skeleton on the Chase property, but it had a ending that will punch you in the gut and have you really start thinking about our perception of race.

Characters: Both William and Rowan are mixed-race teenagers. William is the son of a Native American woman and white man. Rowan is the daughter of a black woman and white man. I found Rowan's perspective to be interesting, because she was your typical generation Z teen. She accepted that she lived in a post-racial society and lived a fairly sheltered life. There were multiple situations that put her in uncomfortable situations that had her question her own perceptions and modern race relations in a time period where we should all be living in harmony. On the flip side, William was aware of the racial tensions of Jim Crow in the South and it felt like he was waiting for the straw to break the camels back. Both characters were thought-provoking and didn't always have the answers, which made them read as authentic characters.

Oh and I can't leave this section without mentioning one thing: ASEXUAL CHARACTERS. There is an asexual character who served a purpose and was beautifully complex. Everyone in this novel was wondrously complex and I hope teachers consider adding this novel to their class reading lists!

Worldbuilding: Dreamland Burning takes place in two very different places, and I was amazed by how easy Latham was able to transport her readers to 1920s Tulsa, Oklahoma. At times, there was overlap in both worlds that felt like easter eggs and added to the fun of alternating time periods.

Short N Sweet: Dreamland Burning is a remarkable book that touches on the complexity of race in Jim Crow and today.

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ReaderErin
Jun 19, 2017

ReaderErin thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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