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The Angel of Greenwood



by
Randi Pink

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmilla
Imprint
Feiwel & Friends
ISBN
9781250768476
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Language: Mild Language , Violence: General , Crime: Hate Crimes
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History High

A historical YA novel that takes place during the Greenwood Massacre of 1921, in an area of Tulsa, OK, known as the "Black Wall Street."

Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Wilson is, on the surface, a town troublemaker, but is hiding that he is an avid reader and secret poet, never leaving home without his journal. A passionate follower of W.E.B. Du Bois, he believes that black people should rise up to claim their place as equals.

Sixteen-year-old Angel Hill is a loner, mostly disregarded by her peers as a goody-goody. Her father is dying, and her family’s financial situation is in turmoil. Also, as a loyal follower of Booker T. Washington, she believes, through education and tolerance, that black people should rise slowly and without forced conflict.

Though they’ve attended the same schools, Isaiah never noticed Angel as anything but a dorky, Bible toting church girl. Then their English teacher offers them a job on her mobile library, a three-wheel, two-seater bike. Angel can’t turn down the money and Isaiah is soon eager to be in such close quarters with Angel every afternoon.

But life changes on May 31, 1921 when a vicious white mob storms the community of Greenwood, leaving the town destroyed and thousands of residents displaced. Only then, Isaiah, Angel, and their peers realize who their real enemies are.Author’s note, with black-and-white photographs. “Facts of the Attack.” Sources.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Language: Mild Language , Violence: General , Crime: Hate Crimes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 2/5"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2021

Book Genres

Historical Fiction

Topics

Tulsa Race Massacre, 1921. History of twentieth-century Tulsa, Oklahoma. Violence against African Americans. African American neighborhoods. Riots. Violence. Racism. Greenwood (Tulsa, Oklahoma). Race relations. W. E. B. Du Bois (1868–1963). Booker T. Washington (1856–1915). Twentieth-century US history. Small towns. Romance. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–The love story of Isaiah Wilson and Angel Hill begins in 1921, 12 days before the Tulsa race massacre. World War I is still in the memories of the residents of Greenwood, the section of Tulsa known as Black Wall Street. Isaiah is not thought highly of in the community because of the people he chooses as friends. The community loves Angel and is always looking out for her. The seed for Isaiah and Angel’s young love is planted when they are asked to work on a teacher’s summer literacy project. Their relationship is tested by the community busybodies, but the ultimate test comes during the early morning hours of June 1, 1921, when white citizens of Tulsa set fire to the homes and businesses of Greenwood. Each chapter tells the story through the perspective of different characters, mostly alternating between Angel and Isaiah. The setting of the 1921 Tulsa massacre is a powerful and ambitious choice; however, most of the story is spent slowly building up the relationship between the two main characters. Their relationship is believable, but few details of the setting make it feel like 1921. The pace picks up as readers arrive at the early morning hours of June 1. The story ends abruptly, leaving readers with questions about the fate of Greenwood, its citizens, and the young couple. The author’s concise afterword offers some additional information. VERDICT Readers looking to familiarize themselves with the Tulsa race massacre will find more love story than history lesson in this historical novel.–Michelle Kornberger, Havenview M.S., Memphis

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–The love story of Isaiah Wilson and Angel Hill begins in 1921, 12 days before the Tulsa race massacre. World War I is still in the memories of the residents of Greenwood, the section of Tulsa known as Black Wall Street. Isaiah is not thought highly of in the community because of the people he chooses as friends. The community loves Angel and is always looking out for her. The seed for Isaiah and Angel’s young love is planted when they are asked to work on a teacher’s summer literacy project. Their relationship is tested by the community busybodies, but the ultimate test comes during the early morning hours of June 1, 1921, when white citizens of Tulsa set fire to the homes and businesses of Greenwood. Each chapter tells the story through the perspective of different characters, mostly alternating between Angel and Isaiah. The setting of the 1921 Tulsa massacre is a powerful and ambitious choice; however, most of the story is spent slowly building up the relationship between the two main characters. Their relationship is believable, but few details of the setting make it feel like 1921. The pace picks up as readers arrive at the early morning hours of June 1. The story ends abruptly, leaving readers with questions about the fate of Greenwood, its citizens, and the young couple. The author’s concise afterword offers some additional information. VERDICT Readers looking to familiarize themselves with the Tulsa race massacre will find more love story than history lesson in this historical novel.–Michelle Kornberger, Havenview M.S., Memphis

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