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Jesus Land: A Memoir

Title

Jesus Land: A Memoir

Authors

Julia Scheeres

Publisher

Counterpoint

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9781619020658

Pages

384 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

full length

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

It's the mid-1980s. Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David are sixteen years old and have just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees and trailer parks, and a racism neither of them is prepared for. While Julia is white, her close relationship with David, who is black, makes them both outcasts. At home, a distant mother, more involved with her church's missionaries than with her own children, and a violent father only compound their problems. When high-school hormones, bullying, and a deep-seated restlessness prove too much to bear, they are packed off to a Christian boot camp in the Dominican Republic. Surrounded by natural beauty, the Escuela Caribe is governed by a disciplinary regime that demands its teens repent for their sins, which few of them are aware they've committed. How they made it through with heart and soul intact is told here with candor and humor.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Adoption; Family violence; Race discrimination; adopted child; abusive father; racism

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Public Library Catalog, Supplement to the 12th Edition, 2006
Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007
Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2006 Supplement, 2006
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, 2007-2008
Nominee
Awards, 2006, Winner

Keywords

Christian youth; church; Indiana; Dominican Republic; reform school

Diversity Impact

direct

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