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Night on Fire

Title

Night on Fire

Authors

Ronald Kidd

Publisher

Albert Whitman & Co

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780807570241

Pages

288 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When thirteen-year-old Billie Sims learns that the Freedom Riders, a civil rights group protesting segregation on buses in the summer of 1961, will be traveling through Anniston, Alabama, she thinks change could be coming to her stubborn town. But what starts as angry grumbles soon turns to brutality, and Billie is forced to reconsider her own views.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Topic

Family Relationships ; Racial Diversity; Single parent; Race discrimination; single mother; racism; segregation

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Family Formation

mother and father; single mother

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016
Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth, 2016
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2016
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2016
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 2016-2017
Nominee
Volunteer State Book Award, 2018-2019
Nominee
Cybils Awards, 2015, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
Kirkus Book Award, 2015, Nominee, Young Reader
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, 2016, Winner, Grades 4-6

Keywords

freedom rights; civil rights workers; Southern States; civil rights movement; violence; social change; African American; Alabama; race relations; Anniston

Diversity Impact

direct

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