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Dreamland Burning

Jennifer Latham

Latham’s (Scarlett Undercover, 2015) powerful second novel links the present and the past in a story that explores racial prejudice. When 17-year-old Rowan Chase discovers a skeleton on her family's Tulsa property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries. Although the police have little interest in the case, Rowan and her friend James feel compelled to investigate the mystery. They uncover how the death relates to a brutal race riot that occurred in 1921 when whites burned Greenwood, a thriving African-American community. Will Tillman, 17, was at the center of the racial firestorm and his struggle to do the right thing provides clues to the identity of the skeleton.