DIVerse Families
 
Out of Darkness

Title

Out of Darkness

Publisher

Carolrhoda Lab

Pages

402 pages

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9781467742023

Genre

historical

Topic

Racial Diversity; Family Relationships; Race discrimination; Interracial; Biracial; Single parent; Step parent; racism; interracial relationship; racial prejudices; mixed race; single father; step father

Annotation

Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

single father, step father

Main Character

multiple

Diversity Impact

direct

LGBTQ+

none

Race/Ethnicities

African American / Mexican American / White

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016; Best of the Best Books, 2015; Choices, 2016; Distinguished Books, 2015; School Library Journal Best Books, 2015; YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2016; Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, 2018, Nominee; Garden State Teen Book Award, 2018, Nominee; Sequoyah Book Award, 2017, Nominee; Tayshas High School Reading List, 2016, Nominee; Virginia Readers' Choice Award, 2017-2018, Nominee; Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, 2016, Finalist, Young Adult Literature; Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 2016, Winner; Cybils Awards, 2015, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction; Discovery Prize, 2015, Winner, Middle Grade; Kirkus Book Award, 2015, Nominee, Young Reader; Michael L. Printz Award, 2016, Honor, Young Adult Literature; Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, 2016, Winner, Older Readers

Keywords

explosions; schools; race relations

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Out of Darkness

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