Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

The Vinyl Underground

By: Rob Rufus

Dig it. During the tumultuous year of 1968, four teens are drawn together: Ronnie Bingham, who is grieving his brother’s death in Vietnam; Milo, Ronnie’s bookish best friend; “Ramrod,” a star athlete who is secretly avoiding the draft; and Hana, the new girl, a half-Japanese badass rock-n-roller whose presence doesn’t sit well with their segregated high school. The four outcasts find sanctuary in “The Vinyl Underground,” a record club where they spin music, joke, debate, and escape the stifling norms of their small southern town.

But Ronnie’s eighteenth birthday is looming. Together, they hatch a plan to keep Ronnie from being drafted. But when a horrific act of racialcharged violence rocks the gang to their core, they decide it’s time for an epic act of rebellion.

Note about the Vietnam War.

ISBN: 9781635830507

JLG Release: Jun 2020


Sensitive Areas: Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use; Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use; Language: Strong Language; Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Friendship , Music , Draft , Vietnam War (1961–1975) , Protest movements , Racism , Florida , Twentieth-century US history

Like this book? Get more like it every month.

Paperbacks High

Grades 10 & Up

12 titles/year

$123.00/year

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

It’s 1968 and Ronnie Bingham is reeling from the death of his brother, Bruce, in Vietnam. Unsure whether to continue with the future he and his brother envisioned or follow his own path to college, Ronnie drifts along, his only real purpose to avoid the draft. When a new girl, Hana, comes to town, Ronnie and his best friend Milo are drawn to her It’s 1968 and Ronnie Bingham is reeling from the death of his brother, Bruce, in Vietnam. Unsure whether to continue with the future he and his brother envisioned or follow his own path to college, Ronnie drifts along, his only real purpose to avoid the draft. When a new girl, Hana, comes to town, Ronnie and his best friend Milo are drawn to her rebellious, rock ‘n’ roll nature and they create a record club where they can discuss and debate as well as enjoy and indulge their deep love for the protest music of the day. Together, with Bruce’s best friend, Ramrod, they concoct a plan to keep Ronnie from the draft. When they suffer a devastating racial attack, the gang decides it’s time for a less nonviolent form of protest. Rufus aptly depicts the sensibilities and outlook of youth in 1968, from the generally passive rebellion of The Vinyl Underground to the gung ho patriotism elsewhere. In fact, the characterizations, as well as the foursome’s bond over the music, drive the story. The music also plays a significant role in the story but superficially, without any deep dives into the lyrics and their meaning. With a realistic and uplifting–if not completely happy–ending, the story moves quickly. The language, casual drug use, and smoking are part of the era, and part of the book.

Book Details

ISBN

9781635830507

First Release

June 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/4"

Page Count

328

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Paperback

Publisher

Flux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use; Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use; Language: Strong Language; Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

Friendship, Music, Draft, Vietnam War (1961–1975), Protest movements, Racism, Florida, Twentieth-century US history,

Standard MARC Record

Download Standard MARC Record

Cover Art

Download Cover Art

Recommended Titles From Paperbacks High

Little Creeping Things

by Chelsea Ichaso

Paperbacks High

$10.25

The Perfect Escape

by Suzanne Park

Paperbacks High

$10.25

Paperbacks High

$10.25

The Oracle Code

by Marieke Nijkamp

Paperbacks High

$10.25
Copyright © 2017 Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.