I was a big fan of Deborah Wiles’ Countdown (my review is here) and have been eagerly awaiting the second in her Sixties Trilogy. So how terrific to read just now her blog post mentioning, among other things, the completion of the new book, Revolution. Deborah writes:
REVOLUTION is the title of book two of the Sixties Trilogy. It takes place in 1964 Mississippi during Freedom Summer. Sunny Fairchild is 12 years old. I can’t wait for you to meet her, and her step-brother, Gillette, his little sister, Audrey, and the town of Greenwood, Mississippi, which was the headquarters of SNCC in 1964.
Lots went down in Greenwood during the civil rights movement years, and Sunny lives through the summer of 1964 with a whole lot of grit and even a little bit of grace. Or maybe it’s the other way ’round.
You’ll meet Jo Ellen again, in REVOLUTION. She’s one of the one-thousand souls who came south to Mississippi for Freedom Summer, to register black voters and open community centers and Freedom Schools. Jo Ellen and Sunny meet and sparks fly.
There’s also a mysterious boy named Raymond who lives on the other side (literally) of the railroad tracks, in Baptist Town. I fell in love with Ray, and I hope you do, too.
Don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to read this!