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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2015 Ashley Hope Pérez (P)2016 Listening Library

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What a glimpse back in time! :(

I qas drawn to this story because I'm Mexican American and my dad was from Texas. he would've been about the same age as the twins. Despite being Mexican, his birth certifies says he was white. I wish I could ask him how his experiences compared to those in this story. This was hard to put down and the ending had so many unexpected twists and heartbreak. I was in tears. so well portrayed. I loved this story and I hurt, laughed and loved right along with the kids and Wash.

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Prejudice is so depresssing

Movies make me cry sometimes, but books rarely do. But I cried for the hopelessness, ignorance, false superiority portrayed in this book. Prejudice....what a stupid, ignorant mindset. Narration very good.

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you'll need courage.

painful and devastating. poetic and beautiful. brutal and honest. it takes courage to read this.

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This book was really good especially to be a summer reading book in high school (11th grade )

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Beautifully crafted

The writing of this haunting story is superb. It is one of those historical fictions that feels so very real that I want to research the characters and events despite the author's note at the end.