It's 1963 and fourteen-year-old Esther Young is looking for
excitement. Cursed with a lack of talent in a family filled with
artistic types, Esther vows to get some attention by initiating a
summer romance with a black teen accused of murdering a white man
King-Roy Johnson shows up on Esther's doorstep that summer, an
angry young man who feels betrayed by the nonviolent teachings of
Martin Luther King Jr. Sent north by his mother to escape a lynch
mob, he meets a follower of Malcolm X's who uses radical teachings
about black revolution to fuel King-Roy's anger and frustration.
But with each other's help, both Esther and King-Roy learn the true
nature of integrity and find the power to stand up for what is
right and true.
National Book Award-winning author Han Nolan brings readers a
bold new voice--by turns funny and poignant, innocent and
worldly--in this powerful coming-of-age story set during the
turbulent struggle for civil rights.
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