Friday, February 3, 2012

Black History Month

In a story told from multiple points of view, a white family on a 1959 road trip between Ohio and Florida, visiting Civil War battlefields along the way, crosses paths with a black family near Atlanta, where one of their children has gone missing.

Black History Month

Race. You know it at a glance: he's black; she's white. They're Asian; we're Latino. Racism. I'm better; she's worse. Those people do those kinds of things. We all know it's wrong to make these judgments, but they come faster than thought. Why? Where did those feelings come from? Why are they so powerful?

All of my books start with questions, and I hope they prompt readers to ask questions of their own.
I find history endlessly fascinating. It is the detective story that yields us as the answer.
I try to write each book with the same care I would put into a novel, but with the same respect for truth as a judge in a court of law.

Black History Month Good Reads

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.