Out of Darkness (Hardcover)

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Ashley Hope Perez is a wizard. OUT OF DARKNESS is one of the most sophisticated uses of multiple narrators I’ve ever seen. This immensely skilled novel is a love story set against the backdrop of the New London school explosion—a 1937 gas explosion that killed nearly 300 students and teachers, and the worst school disaster in American history. It’s a lot of darkness to claw its way out of, and nearly every single page of this book gave me chills—but its bright points are so incredibly bright. A love affair across racial lines in 1930s East Texas seems doomed from the start, but Naomi and Wash’s love and hope makes you want to believe everything will be okay. This book is set less than a generation ago, and Perez’s writing makes you feel how immediate and real the racism, abuse, and pain its characters experience still is. It’s an incredibly important—and timely—book.

Great for: Eager weepers who re-read THE BOOK THIEF and Romeo & Juliet for fun
The moral of the story: Love may not always be enough, but hope matters more.

— From Out of Darkness (Ashley Perez)

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A Michael L. Printz Honor Book

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 P rez 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.

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

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

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, P rez...gives voice to many long-omitted facets of U.S. history.―starred, School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781467742023
ISBN-10: 1467742023
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab (R)
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Pages: 408
Language: English