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Title: Angel of Greenwood
Author: Randi Pink
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: January 12, 2021
Synopsis: “A historical YA novel that takes place during the Greenwood Massacre of 1921, in an area of Tulsa, OK, known as the Black Wall Street.
Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Wilson is, on the surface, a town troublemaker, but is hiding that he is an avid reader and secret poet, never leaving home without his journal. A passionate follower of WEB. Du Bois, he believes that black people should rise up to claim their place as equals.
Sixteen-year-old Angel Hill is a loner, mostly disregarded by her peers as a goody-goody. Her father is dying, and her family’s financial situation is in turmoil. Also, as a loyal follower of Booker T. Washington, she believes, through education and tolerance, that black people should rise slowly and without forced conflict.
Though they’ve attended the same schools, Isaiah never noticed Angel as anything but a dorky, Bible toting church girl. Then their English teacher offers them a job on her mobile library, a three-wheel, two-seater bike. Angel can’t turn down the money and Isaiah is soon eager to be in such close quarters with Angel every afternoon.
But life changes on May 31, 1921 when a vicious white mob storms the community of Greenwood, leaving the town destroyed and thousands of residents displaced. Only then, Isaiah, Angel, and their peers realize who their real enemies are.”
- As a teen services librarian, I’m always looking for historical YA fiction that isn’t just about white characters! I’m so looking forward to adding this one to my library’c collection.
- I’ve never read a book about the Greenwood Massacre and really want to learn more.
- I haven’t had a chance to read any of Randi Pink’s previous books and am really hoping to finally pick one of hers up!
- I love books with dual perspectives, especially when it’s two characters who are totally different, like Angel and Isaiah!
- I’ve already seen lots of positive reviews, plus, that cover is stunning!
- Because you should be supporting Black authors!
- Again, look at that cover! It’s so beautiful.
- If you’re a historical fiction reader, you should be making a conscious effort to not only read about white-centered history.
- If you’re not familiar with the Greenwood Massacre, this is the perfect opportunity for you to learn more, and maybe share the book with a friend.
Is Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink on your TBR?