Down Sand Mountain

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Down Sand Mountain
Written by Steve Watkins
Format: Hardback
ISBN-10: 0763638390
ISBN-13: 9780763638399
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Down Sand Mountain

author: Steve Watkins

It's 1966 and Dewey Turner is determined to start the school year right. No more being the brunt of every joke. No more "Deweyitis." But after he stains his face with shoe polish trying to mimic the popular Shoeshine Boy at the minstrel show, he begins seventh grade on an even lower rung, earning the nickname Sambo and being barred from the "whites only" bathroom. The only person willing to talk to him, besides his older brother, Wayne, is fellow outsider Darla Turkel, who wears her hair like Shirley Temple and sings and dances like her, too. Through their friendship, Dewey gains awareness of issues bigger than himself and bigger than his small town of Sand Mountain: issues like race and segregation, the reality of the Vietnam War, abuse, sexuality, and even death and grieving. Written in a riveting, authentic voice, at times light-hearted and humorous and at others devastating and lonely, this deeply affecting story will stay with readers long after the book is closed.

In a tale full of humor and poignancy, a sheltered twelve-year-old boy comes of age in a small Florida mining town amid the changing mores of the 1960s.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$16.99 / $18.50
isbn-10/isbn-13:
0763638390 / 9780763638399
on sale date:
10/2008
type/format:
Young Adult Novel / Hardback
age range:
12 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
336 / 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
grade range:
Grade 7 and up
 
subjects:
Historical; Social Issues; Europe; Dating & Sex;
author’s comments:
Steve Watkins is the author of the novels Down Sand Mountain, What Comes After, and Juvie. A retired professor of journalism, creative writing, and Vietnam War literature, he now teaches Ashtanga yoga and works with the child-advocacy organization CASA. Steve Watkins lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
 
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