#BOOK ⚡ Dreamland Burning Ù eBook or E-pub free

Mini review DNFI was really looking forward to reading this I had been hearing a lot of good things about it When I saw it in my library I didn t hesitate to pick it up Unfortunately it wasn t for me.The story had a lot going for it But what really dragged it down where the odd and not well done point of view changes The minute I started to care about Roman s chapter, we re taken to Will s chapter I personally found this choppy I didn t care for either Rowan or Will They were annoying Mini review DNFI was really looking forward to reading this I had been hearing a lot of good things about it When I saw it in my library I didn t hesitate to pick it up Unfortunately it wasn t for me.The story had a lot going for it But what really dragged it down where the odd and not well done point of view changes The minute I started to care about Roman s chapter, we re taken to Will s chapter I personally found this choppy I didn t care for either Rowan or Will They were annoying So the story didn t have any impact on me I tried sticking it out for about 80 pages But found the story going nowhere I do still recommend it 3.5 Stars An historical fiction mystery story loosely based on on the time of The Tulsa Rasce Riots of 1921 At the heart of this novel is a mystery and it was interesting and entertaining reading Seventeen year old Ronan Chase finds a skeleton on her family property and has no idea that investigating the brutal century old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past, the present and herself.A fast paced read where two stories are told in two different time frames which 3.5 Stars An historical fiction mystery story loosely based on on the time of The Tulsa Rasce Riots of 1921 At the heart of this novel is a mystery and it was interesting and entertaining reading Seventeen year old Ronan Chase finds a skeleton on her family property and has no idea that investigating the brutal century old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past, the present and herself.A fast paced read where two stories are told in two different time frames which worked really well for me I didn t know anything about this time in history and while I leaned only a little in this novel it has sparked my interest to readand I think that is why I enjoy historical fiction books I probably would have rated this one a little higher but some of the story and the characters felt just a little contrived However an enjoyable and entertaining read and a book that informed me of an event in history that I knew nothing about #BOOK ì Dreamland Burning ´ Some bodies won t stay buried Some stories need to be toldWhen seventeen year old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past, the present, and herselfOne hundred years earlier, a single violent encounter propels seventeen year old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what s right the night Tulsa burns I am not sure I can put into coherent words how madly in love I am with this book I was really fortunate to receive an advanced reader copy of it Never in my life have I identified with a main character like this I usually gravitate away from a lot of the popular YA novels because let s be real, I m a biracial black woman I can t see myself in a lot of the white dude protagonists.Jennifer Latham is the type of author I hope to be someday.She seamlessly wove together the stories of a modern d I am not sure I can put into coherent words how madly in love I am with this book I was really fortunate to receive an advanced reader copy of it Never in my life have I identified with a main character like this I usually gravitate away from a lot of the popular YA novels because let s be real, I m a biracial black woman I can t see myself in a lot of the white dude protagonists.Jennifer Latham is the type of author I hope to be someday.She seamlessly wove together the stories of a modern day, biracial black teen who discovers a buried body on her family s property with the story of a white and Native American teen in 1920s Tulsa, which was home to Greenwood, the most prosperous African American neighborhood in the country before the KKK started growing in the area.I read it in less than 24 hours I stayed up all night it s been such a long time since I ve found a book I could not put down and as much as I quickly read it and got to the end, I kind of wish I savored ithaha.The research, respect, and heart that went into crafting these characters who realistically struggle and learn from the way racism affects who we are and forces them to decide who they re going to be is really admirable They felt like real human beings, not caricatures two of the modern day black characters had an argument stemming from their perception of their own blackness and how they re treated by the world and it was so damn important and beautiful and rare and satisfying to see , framed around the Tulsa Riots which is a forever relevant story that needs to be told I was upset I hadn t heard about it sooner.This book made me livid, it made me rant about the state of the world and the necessity of the blacklivesmatter movement, it made me cry, it made me scared and happy and validated and motivated and both satisfied and dissatisfied I have a lot of feelings okay From the social commentary to the friendships to the wonderfully skillful and fast paced, addicting way it s written and the relatable coming of age stories in this bookI m just really happy and thankful this book exists I hope when it releases in 2017, it gets the readership and praise it truly deserves This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Rowan s mother is Black Her father is White They re wealthy He s a doctor she s a lawyer Rowan goes to a private school Her sidekick is James He s part Kiowa, part black Kindle location 308 The house Rowan lives in where the skeleton was found was commissioned to be built by Will s parents, back in 1921 It, as Will describes it, ismansion than house Kindle location 363 The money to build it is not from his father, who owns a Victrola store, but from his mother She s Rowan s mother is Black Her father is White They re wealthy He s a doctor she s a lawyer Rowan goes to a private school Her sidekick is James He s part Kiowa, part black Kindle location 308 The house Rowan lives in where the skeleton was found was commissioned to be built by Will s parents, back in 1921 It, as Will describes it, ismansion than house Kindle location 363 The money to build it is not from his father, who owns a Victrola store, but from his mother She s Osage Here s some of what Will says Kindle location 361 363 Mama, you see, was a full blood Osage Indian, and as such had been allotted one headright one equal share of all profits earned from oil pumped out of tribal land She d also inherited her brother s headright after he died in the Great War, and her own mother s not long after that Mama was a woman of substantial means When I first heard that Will was Osage, I wondered if the story would have anything in it about the Reign of Terror The answer is no, because Dreamland Burning takes place just before the Reign of Terror Here s the first two paragraphs about it, from the National Museum of the American Indian s page about it One of the most dangerous places in the United States in the early 1920s was the Osage Indian Reservation in eastern north central Oklahoma During a two year stretch beginning in 1921, at least two dozen Osage Indians died in increasingly peculiar ways, from suspicious suicides to explosions Among the Osage, it came to be known as the Reign of Terror This black chapter in U.S history is an incredible story of oil, greed and murder The Osage Indians went from poverty to prosperity when huge petroleum reserves were discovered on a corner of their reservation But the sudden wealth also brought great misery Perhaps the most gruesome was the crime spree known as the Reign of Terror one of the first homicide cases for the fledgling Federal Bureau of Investigation By the Bureau s own account, the investigation into the Osage Indian murders remains one of the agency s most complicated cases.As Dreamland Burning begins, we re with Rowan remember she s in present day Tulsa She is at the courthouse She s thinking about how history loops past the same mistakes over and over again She hopes to stop one of those loops, by meeting with the district attorney See, a few days prior to this opening scene, she had been rear ended by a white man named Jerry Randall She was stunned by the impact As she tries to make sense of what happened to her, the man who hit her is snapping his fingers in her face He says you people to her Arvin, a homeless Black man she knows from the clinic she works at, saw the accident and walks toward her car She sees the white man shove Arvin and hears him call Arvin Goddamned nigger Kindle location 2061 That shove sends Arvin into the other lane of traffic, where he is struck and killed The next day, major media is covering the story There is fear that Tulsa will be Ferguson, all over again Though she told the police what Randall said, he wasn t charged with a hate crime So, she s meeting the DA to talk with him about that She s trying to interrupt that loop of white people getting away with racist acts Admirable, yes Plausible, maybe But To me, though, this reeks of white saviorism Not from Rowan, but from the author With her book, Latham is attempting to create awareness of the riots that happened in Tulsa in 1921 She s using present day racism to do it She s created a Black White character as the device to accomplish her goal In several places, however, things Rowan says or thinks sound wayWhite than Black She s growing up privileged, and there s a part where her mom tells her that her father remember, he s White will never understand their lives, but none of the places where Rowan experiences racism ring true And, the idea that Rowan can pull off something that thousands of African Americans have tried to do in recent years strikes me as arrogant It strikes me that way because Latham isn t African American Overall, Rowan s identity and actions as a Black teen feel superficial That s a problem with Will, too, in 1921 He s supposed to be Osage, but as I read about him, he doesn t sound Osage, at all He sounds White When he experiences racism he is called a half breed , or when he thinks about how his dad s friends call his mom a squaw, it feels superficial It is just a thing that happens There s no real reaction in him to any of that And when he and his parents go visit his mother s grave at Pawhuska, and then his mother s cousins That, too, feels like a nothing There s nothing Osage about any of it That s the case, too, with James Rowan s friend He s part Black and part Kiowa, and there s one part where Rowan remembers him going to powwows with his dad, where they d drum together That ends not in the story itself when James told his dad he s asexual His dad, apparently, wants nothing to do with him after that We come away from that part of the story thinking this Kiowa dad is not an okay dad Plausible, I suppose, and handy, too, because it means there s no need to do anything with that Kiowa identity It doesn t matter to the story It isn t necessary to the story So why is it here That, ultimately, is my big question about Dreamland Burning Why do these characters have these identities As is, they feel like tokens in this time of diversity in children s and young adult literature Rowan is a savior in present day Tulsa, and so is Will, in 1921 In her review, Pamela Penza noted that Will s actions start the riot that takes place a few days later Early on in the story, Will has gone to a speakeasy He s drinking The girl he is sweet on is there She s White He gets up to talk to her, but before he does, Clarence, a Black man whose skin is browner than boot leather comes in and sits with her Kindle locations 156 159 Hate balled up inside me like a brass knuckled fist And when he slowly, slowly ran his fingertip across her skin, every foul emotion in the world churned deep down in the depths of my belly Glancing sideways at a white woman was near enough to get Negroes lynched in Tulsa Shot, even, in the middle of Main Street at noon, and with noconsequence than a wink and a nudge and a slap on the back And God help me, that s exactly what I wanted for the man touching my Addie I wanted him dead That is one passage of many that makes him seem White An Osage might think that way, too, so I don t mean to suggest Whites own all racism They don t But within a few days, Will goes from wanting Clarence dead to being fearful about the well being of a little girl named Ruby She s Black The night of the riot, he plays a key role in getting the family of their Black maid to safety, and then he sets out to help other Black people, too, including Ruby Saving them It doesn t work One day his Whiteness makes him racist the next day he s saving Black people.There sA lotLike, the near rape of Ruby And, the undocumented workers And, the references to Choctaw beer and Muscogee land Go read Pamela s review It iscomprehensive than what I ve shared here in my focus on Will I might be back to sayat some point.For now, though, I ll ask again , that writers not use Native characters as decoration in their stories Native readers deservethan that In Dreamland Burning, it feels like an index card with some notes on it was dropped into the story The Osage parts of this story are a convenience.As such, I do not recommend Jennifer Latham s Dreamland Burning The dead always have stories to tell They just need the living to listen.Some bodies won t stay buried Some stories need to be told The lives that ended that night mattered It was a mistake for this city to try to forget, and it s an even bigger one to pretend everything s fine now Black men and women are dying today for the same reasons they did in 1921 And we have to call that out Rowan Every single time.I thought about Clarence and what I d done to him About Joseph and how I d come to The dead always have stories to tell They just need the living to listen.Some bodies won t stay buried Some stories need to be told The lives that ended that night mattered It was a mistake for this city to try to forget, and it s an even bigger one to pretend everything s fine now Black men and women are dying today for the same reasons they did in 1921 And we have to call that out Rowan Every single time.I thought about Clarence and what I d done to him About Joseph and how I d come to know him through Ruby s stories And I thought about Ruby, too For I truly did care about her, pest and bother though she was Put together, it all added up to a revelation of sorts big enough to bust through my thick skull, sharp enough to stay there And maybe all that pondering I did on the things that happened since the Two Knock would have been enough to make a righteous man out of me after all But in the end, I never did have a chance to find out The air had a hushed feel to it, like the city was holding its breath The timeliness of Dreamland Burning is eerie The events feel like they come straight from the nightly news or the daily newspaper.Dreamland Burning alternates between Rowan Chase in present day Tulsa and William Tillman in 1921 Tulsa Their lives become enmeshed for the reader when a skeleton is found on the Chase property during renovations Rowan and her friend James begin to investigate.Will s Tulsa is ruled by Jim Crow laws and the impending arrival of the KKK The chapters from 1921 lead u The timeliness of Dreamland Burning is eerie The events feel like they come straight from the nightly news or the daily newspaper.Dreamland Burning alternates between Rowan Chase in present day Tulsa and William Tillman in 1921 Tulsa Their lives become enmeshed for the reader when a skeleton is found on the Chase property during renovations Rowan and her friend James begin to investigate.Will s Tulsa is ruled by Jim Crow laws and the impending arrival of the KKK The chapters from 1921 lead up to and include the Tulsa race riot of May 31 June 1 when mobs of white citizens attacked black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, killing around 300 people, and not a single white man or woman faced charges Will finds himself in the midst of the racial unrest as he tries to help his black friends Joseph and Ruby as well as others Many times I found myself holding my breath because of the uncertainty and suspense during some very scary scenes.Will s 1921 chapters helped to shed light on the mystery on the Chase property however, the chapters with Rowan show all too well that the racial disparity of Jim Crow is all too prevalent today also While Rowan is biracial, her family is wealthy, she is cared for and protected, and her needs are easily met Discrimination is not something she s had much experience with until this particular summer In addition to the discovery of the skeleton, Rowan begins an internship at a medical clinic that serves underprivileged citizens and is involved in an accident that ends in tragedy Her eyes are opened to the racial inequalities that exist around her I am certain that her future will involve making a difference Oh my GOD this book I need time to process before I can fully review. I have to admit I m ashamed that I d never heard of what took place in Tulsa in 1921 Call it what you will a massacre, riot, or a holocaust it was awful and still being pushed under the rug all these years later Dreamland Burning is part murder mystery part historical fiction and all great Dreamland Burning is powerful story that will keep you thinking long after you ve finished reading Dreamland Burning is well written and thoroughly researched.Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge Book Set in T I have to admit I m ashamed that I d never heard of what took place in Tulsa in 1921 Call it what you will a massacre, riot, or a holocaust it was awful and still being pushed under the rug all these years later Dreamland Burning is part murder mystery part historical fiction and all great Dreamland Burning is powerful story that will keep you thinking long after you ve finished reading Dreamland Burning is well written and thoroughly researched.Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge Book Set in Two Different Time Periods Biased Yes But in all honesty, this book changed my life