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    Out of Darkness
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    ©2015
    ISBN-13: 978-1-4677-4202-3
    AR Quiz #: 178200
    AR Points: 15.00
    ATOS Level: 4.60
    Lexile Level: 660
    SRC Reading Level: 4.8
    Pages: 408
    Trim Size: 6 x 9
    Dewey: [Fic]
    Reading Grade Level: 7
    Interest Grade Level: 8-12
    Ages: 13-18
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    DESCRIPTION Ashley Hope Pérez
    A 2016 Michael L. Printz Honoree

    "This is East Texas, and there's lines. Lines you cross, lines you don't cross. That clear?"

    New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them. They know the people who enforce them. But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful it breaks through even the most entrenched color lines. And the consequences can be explosive.

    Ashley Hope Pérez takes the facts of the 1937 New London school explosion—the worst school disaster in American history—as a backdrop for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people.


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    About the Author
    Ashley Hope Pérez is the author of the YA novels Out of Darkness (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), The Knife and the Butterfly (Carolrhoda Lab, 2012), and What Can't Wait (Carolrhoda Lab, 2011). Her debut novel What Can't Wait won a spot on the 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for YA list, and The Knife and the Butterfly was included in the 2015 YALSA Popular Paperbacks list. Ashley grew up in Texas and taught high school in Houston before pursuing a PhD in comparative literature. She is now a visiting assistant professor of comparative studies at The Ohio State University and spends most of her time reading, writing, and teaching on topics from global youth narratives to Latin American and Latina/o fiction. She lives in Ohio with her husband, Arnulfo, and their son, Liam Miguel. Visit her online at http://www.ashleyperez.com/.
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    Awards for this Title
    ACL Distinguished Book
    Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
    Garden State Teen Book Award
    Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year
    Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice
    Michael L. Printz Award
    School Library Journal Best Book
    Tayshas Reading List
    Tomás Rivera Book Award
    Virginia Readers' Choice Award
    Writers' League of Texas
    YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
    Starred Reviews
    School Library Journal
    "This book presents a range of human nature, from kindness and love to acts of racial and sexual violence. The work resonates with fear, hope, love, and the importance of memory....Set against the backdrop of an actual historical event, Pérez...gives voice to many long-omitted facets of U.S. history."―starred, School Library Journal
    Kirkus Reviews

    "Pérez deftly weaves [an] unflinchingly intense narrative....A powerful, layered tale of forbidden love in times of unrelenting racism."―starred, Kirkus Reviews

    Other Reviews
    The New York Times Book Review
    "[This] layered tale of color lines, love and struggle in an East Texas oil town is a pit-in-the-stomach family drama that goes down like it should, with pain and fascination, like a mix of sugary medicine and artisanal moonshine."—The New York Times Book Review
    Booklist
    "Elegant prose and gently escalating action will leave readers gasping for breath at the tragic climax and moving conclusion."—Booklist