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Jennifer Latham

Dreamland Burning

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2017

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Dreamland Burning

  • Genre: Fiction; young adult historical
  • Originally Published: 2017
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 890L; grades 9-12
  • Structure/Length: 2 parts; 38 sections; approx. 365 pages; approx. 8 hours, 18 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: This dual narrative features two timelines: One follows 17-year-old Rowan Chase, who lives in modern-day Tulsa, Oklahoma, and investigates a murder from over 100 years before; the other features 17-year-old Will Tillman, who lives in 1921 Tulsa and whose actions and personal moral choices will be tested as a result of his city’s Jim Crow laws, prejudice, violence, and race riots.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Racism, discrimination, racial slurs, descriptions of lynching, and prejudice; violence, including murder; prostitution; gender identity; attempted rape of a minor

Jennifer Latham, Author

  • Bio: Grew up in various places as the daughter of a military serviceman; inspired by teachers and school activities at a young age to write creatively; worked a wide variety of jobs before becoming a published author, including autopsy assistant and school psychologist; lives in Tulsa, OK, with family
  • Other Works: Scarlett Undercover (2015)
  • Awards: Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth (Booklist; 2017); Amazon Editors’ Picks—Best Books of the Year (2017); Young Adult Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (Booklist; 2018); Notable Books for a Global Society (2018); Audio Publishers Association Best Multi-Voiced Performance (winner; 2019)