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Out of Darkness Kindle Edition
"Pérez deftly weaves [an] unflinchingly intense narrative....A powerful, layered tale of forbidden love in times of unrelenting racism." --starred, Kirkus Reviews
"Pérez deftly weaves [an] unflinchingly intense narrative....A powerful, layered tale of forbidden love in times of unrelenting racism." --starred, School Library Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
A Printz Honor Book --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B013V6OUBY
- Publisher : Carolrhoda Lab ®; Illustrated edition (1 September 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 884 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 410 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0823445038
- Best Sellers Rank: 171,203 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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(1) “Minor” means an individual younger than 18 years.
(2) “Harmful material” means material whose dominant theme taken as a whole:
(A) appeals to the prurient interest of a minor, in sex, nudity, or excretion;
(B) is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable for minors; and
(C) is utterly without redeeming social value for minors.
It turned out that the passage was simply part of the author's brilliant character development, and it had little else to do with the novel. It involved the white schoolboys' fantasies of dehumanizing the Mexican American protagonist and defined a collective character referred to simply as "The Gang."
At it's core, this book is a love story between an African American boy and a Mexican American girl, but it's set against the backdrop of the unrelenting racism and misogyny that characterized deep East Texas in the 1930s, and a non-fictional disaster that was the New London School explosion.
The story is intricately woven and compelling, and all the characters, whether protagonist or antagonist, are multidimensional. Even the villain is humanized and, at times, the reader might even be somewhat sympathetic toward him— as difficult as that may be.
After reading the book— in its entirety— it's my conclusion that "sexual content" was not the parent's real objection. Edit: If this book were a movie, it would probably be rated PG-13.
Out of Darkness gives us that, which is perhaps why it upsets some people. We don’t want to know harsh truths about the racism in our history, and we certainly don’t want to have to feel we are experiencing it! The author doesn’t just give us a window to peek into another world, she allows us to be inside different characters, feeling their joy, their hopes, their fears. I am all churned up. This is what good literature does to a person.
I’ll be sharing this book with my young adult children. They are 8th generation white Texans, and their grandfather grew up in East Texas at the time of this story. It is good for them to be churned up, too, to imagine stories outside the ones they have grown up hearing. To understand that reality is not limited to their own experience.