Seeing Red

by Kathryn Erskine

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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.

Seeing Red Synopsis

Life will never be the same for Red Porter. He's a kid growing up around black car grease, white fence paint, and the backward attitudes of the folks who live in his hometown: Stony Gap, Virginia. And when Red's daddy dies, he's left with his younger brother, his mama, and some hard decisions. With their money dwindling, Red does everything he can to keep the family business - a gas station, repair shop and convenience store - afloat. But when he uncovers some of the racial injustices that have been happening in Stony Gap since before he was born, Red is faced with unsettling questions about the legacy behind his family's shop, and everything he's fighting for...And through his friendships with some unlikely characters, Red starts to see there's a whole lot more than car motors and rusty fenders that need fixing in his world.

 

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.

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ISBN: 9781409570509
Publication date: 01/02/2014
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409570509
Publication date: 1st February 2014
Author: Kathryn Erskine
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues: racism & multiculturalism (Children's / Teenage),

About Kathryn Erskine

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.

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