Deborah Wiles / Jul 23, 2019

Revolution It s and Sunny s town is being invaded Or at least that s what the adults of Greenwood Mississippi are saying All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to

  • Title: Revolution
  • Author: Deborah Wiles
  • ISBN: 9780545106078
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s 1964, and Sunny s town is being invaded Or at least that s what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi, are saying All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote They re calling it Freedom Summer Meanwhile, Sunny can t help but feel like her house is being invaded, too She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new siIt s 1964, and Sunny s town is being invaded Or at least that s what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi, are saying All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote They re calling it Freedom Summer Meanwhile, Sunny can t help but feel like her house is being invaded, too She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs As she did in her groundbreaking documentary novel COUNTDOWN, award winning author Deborah Wiles uses stories and images to tell the riveting story of a certain time and place and of kids who, in a world where everyone is choosing sides, must figure out how to stand up for themselves and fight for what s right.

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      • Deborah Wiles

        Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama and spent her summers in a small Mississippi town with an extended family full of characters She writes about them and they live on in her stories She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and taught at Towson University in Maryland, Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Vermont College.Deborah has written three novels about growing up in the south They are known as the Aurora County Trilogy Love, Ruby Lavender, Each Little Bird That Sings, The Aurora County All Stars.The Sixties Trilogy is Deborah s newest project, three documentary novels of the 1960s Book 1 is COUNTDOWN 1962 , book 2 is REVOLUTION 1964 , and book three in progress is tentatively titled TRIBE 1969.Picture books by Deborah are FREEDOM SUMMER ONE WIDE SKY and a forthcoming book about Robert Kennedy.


    1. REVOLUTION is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive books I've read this year. I was bowled over by the magic Deborah Wiles has accomplished in this book. She handles a multitude of complex relationships and situations deftly. Sunny is such a compelling character and the way she experiences the confusing and horrific events of Freedom Summer in Mississippi felt completely realistic. I had trouble putting this book down and was sorry when it ended.

    2. My educating alice review:Deborah Wiles' Sixties Trilogy is set in the time of hers (and my) youth.  The first book, Countdown, is a vivid, compelling, and moving view of the Cuban Missile Crisis seen through the eyes of  eleven-year-old Franny and was, I thought, splendid causing me to wait on tenterhooks for the next one.  When I saw that the second book was coming out this year I was both elated and nervous. Could Wiles pull it off again?Here's my tweet after reading it:Monica Edin [...]

    3. First in the Sixties Series was COUNTDOWN: A historically relevant, coming-of-age story of Franny and her broken-family conundrums amidst nuclear threat/preparedness of the Cold War. It was extraordinarily magnificent! A 5 star Top Pick. So I was in hopes that second in series - REVOLUTION - would live up to its predecessor. Absolutely, YES!! It surpassed all my expectations. “At heart, REVOLUTION is a story about what it means to be a citizen of this country, to live in a democracy, to be a m [...]

    4. How many books am I allowed to think should be a Newbery contender before no one believes me anymore? I probably passed that mark many books ago, but anyways, I'm serious this time. We waited years for this book, and now we see why it took so long. It's a beautiful piece of work that Wiles worked her tail off creating. Instead of just telling us about the Freedom Summer like many authors would do, Wiles takes her time and SHOWS us the Freedom Summer We experience it with Summer and Ray, and see [...]

    5. Revolution is beautiful and important and wonderful, and it, like Greenglass House, deserves a medal.If I were emotionally detached, I might have more to say about the way the subject matter carries its own emotional heft - and I might debate as to whether the author should get credit for that. But the beauty of this novel's presentation is that it doesn't allow for emotional detachment. It's an amazing, living thing. Read this book. Read it now.

    6. I think that this book was great but it trailed along a little bit and if you read the this book before the other book in the series it is only slightly confusing.

    7. I listened to the bulk of Revolution on a grueling, ten hour drive from southern Maine back to my home on Maryland's Eastern Shore. I finally crossed the Delaware Memorial Bridge and turned onto Delaware Route 1 just as the sun was setting, and the loblolly pines and marsh grass were bathed in warm, amber light. Everything felt suddenly easier, and more beautiful. "Oh man," I told my daughter. "It is so good to be back on the Eastern Shore."That feeling - that fierce pride in one's home - is a t [...]

    8. In a follow up to her book about the Cuban Missile Crisis, Countdown, Wiles uses the same mix of primary source documents and narrative to tell about the events in Greenwood, Mississippi in the summer of 1964 from the perspective of several characters. Sunny is a twelve year old girl who is dealing with a lot-- her mother left when she was very young, which catapulted her father into a lot of poor choices. He has reformed, and is now remarried to Annabelle, who left her abusive husband in Philad [...]

    9. This took me a while to get into it, but eventually it got to the "don't want to put it down" place.I have mixed feelings about the documentary format. I liked a lot of what was included, but I think it's also why it took me a while to get into the book. I wish the opening segment of pictures and quotes had been shorter, so that I could get drawn into the story sooner.And, wow, is this a hard read. It was sort of shocking to read the acknowledgements and see Wiles talk about how many people from [...]

    10. It's Saturday night, June 20, 1964 in Greenwood MS and Sunny Fairchild, 12, and her older stepbrother Gillette, 14,, have just snuck into the municipal pool in Greenwood MS for a forbidden nighttime swim. But as Sunny backstrokes to the edge of the pool, her hand suddenly touches someone else and as she screams and screams, a young black boy, every bit as afraid of Sunny as she is of him, runs from the pool, grabbing his clothes and a pair of new white Converse hi-tops. Raymond Bullis, 14, just [...]

    11. Full review at: unleashingreaders/?p=6793Whoa. Wiles's ability to mix nonfiction with a fascinating piece of historical fiction is just brilliant.Revolution is a perfectly-crafted look at one of the toughest times in American history. What Wiles does is truly delve into the emotions felt during the Freedom Summer and some of the smaller actions that may not have made the history books. One of my favorite things about Wiles’s Sixties Trilogy books is that she includes historical resources throu [...]

    12. 4.5 StarsOriginally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.I read Countdown by Deborah Wiles when it came out and loved it. I loved the documentary style format (with some reservations) and the story. I highly anticipated the release of the companion novel, Revolution. It was well worth waiting for and is a powerful and moving story. Revolution chronicles the events that took place in Mississippi 40 years ago when the "invaders" came, groups of students from all over the country for Free [...]

    13. This book is imperative. I implore teachers, librarians, book sellers and book reviewers: please do not let this rest on a shelf until February. The time is now. Revolution is fiction because our plucky, strident narrator Sunny and her family are fictitious. The history shared; sadly, is not. A devastating, despicable, heart-wrenching, stomach-churning account of the incomprehensible influence of a few small-minded, hate-filled, yet surprisingly powerful, white men throwing their weight around t [...]

    14. In this epic second book in her Sixties trilogy, Deborah Wiles looks at Freedom Summer in Greenwood, Mississippi. Told through multiple points of view, as well as photographs and news clippings from the time, this is a comprehensive look at the issues behind the voter registration drive during the summer of 1964. Twelve-year-old Sunny just wants to listen to the Beatles when the SNCC & COHO "invaders" come to town. Her step-brother Gillette has his own demons, but a love of baseball over all [...]

    15. The historical fiction book "Revolution" by Deborah Wiles is about what is happening to Sunny's family and the town with the invasion of the freedom groups, this book is great for anyone who would like to learn a little bit more about our history in an interesting way. First, it tells what is happening to Sunny's town. In the beginning it says "It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people fro [...]

    16. *** SPOILERS MAY BE INCLUDED***I guess I had higher expectations for this book, after thoroughly enjoying the first book. It didn't blow me away, but I still enjoyed it, and I learned a lot about 1964, and how racially discriminating everyone was back then. I simply couldn't believe that even though Raymond, a colored boy, got shot in the head and was about to die, the white people still wouldn't let him enter through the main entrance, and they wasted precious seconds taking him all the way aro [...]

    17. This was flat out an amazing book. The historical fact was tied into the story in a very clever way. The main character, Sunny, is very adventurous. She would do anything to get outside and explore. One day she and her stepbrother, Gillette, sneak into their public pool. While they are in the pool the bump into a "colored" boy who is illegally swimming in the pool. From this moment on, Sunny was interested in finding out who this boy is and how she can help him. I absolutely loved that Sunny def [...]

    18. I took my time with this book as I was reading I was compelled to venture off the pages and into the bibliography of this fascinating time period. The narrative that is captured of not only family life in the 1960's, but the complex relationships of people grappling with extraordinary change in the way people relate to one another during Freedom Summer is very thorough. This is a must read for young adults who feel disengaged or apathetic about the communities in which they live or the world aro [...]

    19. Perhaps my favorite YA read ever (although I haven't read that many). A strong improvement over "Countdown," the 60's trilogy moves ahead 2 years to a new character Sunny, who lives through Greenwood's Freedom Summer in 1964 and sees how the South deals with its civil rights revolution from a child's perspective. I'm a big sucker for coming of age stories and 1960's period pieces, so this was exceptionally to my liking (even features a random Lyndon Johnson biography in the middle!) Paul says ch [...]

    20. I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of the historical quotes and information tied into the fictional account of a young girl's introduction to the injustice of racist South in the 60s. It would be a great tie-in for someone to read along with a To Kill a Mockingbird teaching unit.

    21. I thought it was very confusing and wasn't really a good book. There are some parts in this book that are very twisted and sad, but also even more confusing. I just wish that I could understand it a little more properly.

    22. It's the summer of 1964, and Sunny lives in Greenwood, Mississippi. Family, friends, and neighbors keep telling her "invaders" and "agitators" are coming from the North, and she's worried. What will this mean for her? Sunny already feels like her life is tough enough as it is. Her father remarried, and now his new wife Annabelle and her two children are living with them. Sunny does, however, connect with her new step-brother Gillette. One night, they even sneak into the local pool to go swimming [...]

    23. This is almost, but not quite a 5-star book for me, but I figured that I would round up, because I think that it would be a really good book for plenty of people to read. Not only is a it a well-done historical fiction book about Freedom Summer in Mississippi, but it's also a good coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old girl determining who she is/who she wants to be, as well as dealing with issues of accepting her stepmother and coming to terms with abandonment by her biological mother.Let's just [...]

    24. In the nonfiction book "Revolution" by Deborah Wiles, published in 2014 there's problems. I didn't enjoy this book! i don't care for nonfiction as it is but I was such a procrastinator when i tried to read this book. Sunny is this twelve year old girl from Greenwood Mississippi, Raymond Bullis a fifteen year old African-American and Gillette (Sunny's stepbrother) are our main people for this story. It takes place the summer of 1964. It's already hard for Sunny adjusting to step siblings and a ne [...]

    25. I like this book because it's about American and people getting what they want and things. But I think that other people will like this book and that it's fun to read to people if you want to but America and other things will be sad but happy at the same time if you read the book but if you think it's dad then don't keep reading cause it get sad and sad at the same time but if you fine with it then keep reading and you will be happy.

    26. Perhaps one of my favorite parts of this book was the structure and how compelling images, song lyrics, and articles/news headlines framed this story. I learned more about Freedom Summer and am compelled to know more, but how this book was set up as part documentary, part historical fiction was what made me really linger over this story. I plan to use several pieces from this as mentor text with students.

    27. In my children's lit class we read COUNTDOWN, the start in a trilogy by Deborah Wiles that focused on the Cuban Missile Crisis from the POV of a preteen girl. I really liked that book, because it did a great job of combining photos, documents, quotes, and news reports from that time period with a very well done story that put the reader in a very immersive reading experience. So when Book Club picked the second in the trilogy, REVOLUTION, for a book, I was pretty excited. I was even more excited [...]

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