Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Nolan, Han.
A SUMMER OF KINGS
Orlando : Harcourt, 2006
IL YA
ISBN 0152051082

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

In the summer of 1963, King-Roy arrives in New York to live with Estherís family after being accused of murdering a white man in Alabama. As the summer progresses, King-Roy becomes involved with supporters of Malcolm X while Esther tries to persuade him that the nonviolent methods of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. are a better solution in the fight for civil rights.  (Lori Loranger,  Librarian, Grisham M.S., Round Rock ISD, TX)

Booktalk #2

Let me tell you about my summer. The summer of 1963. This summer will not be like any of my past ones.  No more summer- long tutoring.  No more being the only one without a boy friend.  Because this is the summer that my motherís best friend (well they were best friends until they learned that little white girls and little black girls werenít supposed to be best friends).  Anyway this is the summer that my motherís best friend sent her son north to spend the summer with us.  Just until things cooled down a bit. Because her son, King-Roy, had been accused of killing a white man. Anyway this is to be the summer of my big romance.  My romance with King-Roy.  He is everything I expected Ė tall, dark and handsome Ė and only four years older than I am.  He is kind, and gentle. I never expected that we would become soul-mates.  I can tell him just everything, things I have never told anyone.  And he can tap dance and he is teaching me how to tap-dance!    There are other things I did not expect.  I did not expect that he could get SO angry.  And he talks about Malcolm X and the white devil (thatís me and all other whites).  And I never imagined he would sneak a gun into our house.  Iíll tell you all about it in Summer of the Kings.  (New Hampshire Isinglass Teen Read Award committee)

SUBJECTS:     Race relations -- Fiction.
                        Civil rights movements -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Black Muslims -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- New York (State) -- Fiction.
                        Westchester County (N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.

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