May 4, 1970.
Kent State University.
As protestors roil the campus, National Guardsmen are called in. In the chaos of what happens next, shots are fired and four students are killed. To this day, there is still argument of what happened and why.
Told in multiple voices from a number of vantage points -- protestor, Guardsman, townie, student -- Deborah Wiles's Kent State gives a moving, terrifying, galvanizing picture of what happened that weekend in Ohio . . . an event that, even 50 years later, still resonates deeply.
About the Author
* "The format effectively captures the pain, confusion, and conflicting perspectives of the time while also making direct connections to current acts of gun violence and governmental overreach." -- The Horn Book, starred review
* "The tangle of voices is stunningly realized." -- BCCB, starred review
* "This hard-hitting historical novel provides valuable perspective on unrest and violence, both timely and timeless." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "A well-researched and deeply moving portrait of an iconic moment in U.S. history." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Brings a visceral energy to the events of the tragedy. In her account, Wiles implicitly challenges her readers to find parallels between then and now and, in so doing, does a service to history. An important book not to be missed." -- Booklist, starred review
Praise for Countdown (The Sixties Trilogy #1):
* "Wiles skillfully keeps many balls in the air, giving readers a story that appeals across the decades as well as offering enticing paths into the history." --
* "The larger story . . . told here in an expert coupling of text and design, is how life endures, even triumphs, no matter how perilous the times." -- Horn Book, starred review
* "References to duct tape (then newly invented), McDonald's and other pop culture lend authenticity to this phenomenal story of the beginnings of radical change in America." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Wiles palpably recreates the fear kids felt when air-raid sirens and duck-and-cover drills were routine . . . this story is sure to strike a chord with those living through tough times today." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy #2):
* "With elements of family drama and coming of age themes that mirror the larger sociopolitical backdrop, Revolution is a book that lingers long after the last page." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "1960s words and images still sound and resound in this triumphant middle volume of the author's Sixties Trilogy." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review