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Dreamland Burning

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

by Jennifer Latham, 371 pages, Grades 8 and up

Rowan’s family is doing some renovation in their back house, but when the construction crew comes to begin demolition they drop everything and leave suddenly. Rowan and her friend, James go out back to see what’s what and discover an old skeleton wrapped in oil cloth that had been buried beneath the house since 1921. Whose body is it? Why was it buried beneath Rowan’s house? Was it an accident or a murder?

Will tells his story from the past. He lived in 1920 when Jim Crow laws segregated and discriminated against African Americans. Will’s father is white and so he has mostly been raised as a white man, but Will’s mother was Osage Indian, so his personal history is a bit more complex than it appears at first. 

Will’s story casually mentions evidence that was found on the body in present day time, but there are so many twists and turns you never know who the body from the present will turn out to be in Will’s story set in the past.

If you like historical mysteries you might also enjoy: One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake,  Parker Inheritance, by Varian Johnson, or The Girl in the Blue Coat, by Monica Hesse