November 19, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The IDEAL School of Manhattan
I introduce National Book Award winning author Kathryn Erskine as she reads from her new middle grade novel, SEEING RED, and takes questions at this wonderful NYC inclusion K-8 school.
Booklist’s review of SEEING RED:
*Starred Review* The year is 1972 and things are changing in tiny Stony Gap, Virginia. There’s a For Sale sign in front of 12-year-old Red Porter’s house; his daddy has died, and now his mama must sell both the house and their combination garage (“Porter’s: We Fix It Right”) and convenience store (“What-U-Want”). Worse, she then plans to move the family to Ohio. Red is determined to stop her, but what can one 12-year-old do? When he turns to a local gang for help, he unwittingly finds himself complicit in a case of racial bigotry that leaves his friend Thomas injured and Red riddled with guilt. Meanwhile, school has started, and he has a new teacher whose passion is history. “History’s boring and stupid,” Red protests—but it’s history that may offer him and his family a way to remain in Stony Gap. In the process of attempting to right a century-old wrong, Red learns the salutary lesson that he can make his own history. Erskine has written a powerful indictment of injustice in all forms and an equally powerful and dramatic demonstration that young people, by taking individual action, can actually change history. This is an important book that deserves the widest possible readership. Grades 5-8.