Beneath The Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer It Should Have Been You by Lynn Slaughter        
Beneath The Haunting Sea
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Joanna Ruth Meyer
(Ages 12+)
It Should Have Been You
Meet the author
Lynn Slaughter
(Ages 13+)

Ronald Kidd

Dear Reader,

My new middle grade novel, NIGHT ON FIRE, grew out of a question that baffled me when I was young: How can good people do cruel things?

My family was from the South. I loved them, and some were racists. I couldn't reconcile those two facts.

Over the years, the question haunted me. As I pondered it, a character emerged: thirteen-year-old Billie Sims. She lived in Anniston, Alabama, saw the Freedom Riders come through town in 1961, and stood by as townspeople burned their bus.

With Billie, I stalked the streets of Anniston with an African American friend, seeking answers. We found our way to a church rally, where the night split open and we rang a bell — for those who had suffered, for those who stood by, for those who wanted to do better. 

Ask yourself the question. Then travel with me to Anniston. And email to enter to win a copy.

Ronald Kidd
Night on Fire / Ronald Kidd / Albert Whitman & Company

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0807570241 / Published: September, 2015

Ages 9-13 / Paperback / Middle-grade fiction