DIVerse Families
 
Out of Darkness

Title

Out of Darkness

Publisher

Carolrhoda Lab

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9781467742023

Pages

402 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

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

Lexile Measure

HL660L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Single parent; Step parent; Family violence; Biracial; Interracial; Race discrimination; single father; step father; abusive step father; sexual abuse; biracial children; interracial relationship; racism; prejudices; segregation

Main Character

multiple

Race/Ethnicities

Black (African American) / Latinx (Mexican American) / White

Family Formation

single father; step father

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; romance; born-again Christian; sins; twins; forbidden love

Diversity Impact

direct

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