The Vinyl Underground
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.
JLG Release: Jun 2020
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Grades 10 & Up
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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School Library Journal
8" x 5 1/4"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use; Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use; Language: Strong Language; Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Friendship, Music, Draft, Vietnam War (1961–1975), Protest movements, Racism, Florida, Twentieth-century US history,