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Kathryn Erskine worked as a lawyer for fifteen years beforerealizing that her real passion lay in writing. Mockingbird, her first novel to be published in the UK, won the National Book Award in America in 2011, and garnered wide critical acclaim on its publication here in 2012.
From the award-winning author of Mockingbird, this is a powerful and thought-provoking historical novel of family and friendships and the tackling of the important themes of race and responsibility in '70s America in the 'Deep South', but with elements that resonate on a wider scale. Red Porter knows the difference between right and wrong, black and white. But he also knows that for folk in his hometown, Stony Gap, this isn't always clear. With the help of a few unlikely characters however, red realises that while he can't fix the past, he can still change the future and stand up for those who need him most. This is a great title for book clubs to read, and explore the issues surrounding the civil rights movement. To help with the discussion there are some interesting and provoking questions which you can download here. There is also an accompanying Author's Note which explores Kathryn's own childhood in South Africa and why she was so compelled to tell Red's story.