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by Han Nolan

Category: Literature and Fiction
Subcategory: Children
Author: Han Nolan
ISBN: 0152051082
ISBN13: 978-0152051082
Language: English
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; First edition (March 2006)
Pages: 352
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A summer of Kings/by Han Nolan

A summer of Kings/by Han Nolan. 1st ed. p. cm. Summary: Over the course of the summer of 1963, fourteen-year-old Esther. Young discovers the passion within her when eighteen-year-old King-Roy. Johnson, accused of murdering a white man in Alabama, comes to live with her family. Last summer a murderer came to live with us. Well, that's what I had called him. Our neighbor Pip and my Auntie Pie called him the cold-blooded killer, but my mother and father said he was just a victim of prejudice and circumstance. King-Roy Johnson, a black boy just 18 years old, was accused of killing a white man down in Alabama.

I hadn't spoken to my parents about Stewart and ballet because my father was out of town all that week, and it never seemed to be the right time to talk about it with Mother. She had enough to worry. about with her sick friend, Madeline. She came home in the late afternoons looking so tired and hot-for once in her life she looked hot-it worried me. I did my best to help her out by getting some kind of canned or TV dinner on the table on the days when Daisy didn't come, and I cleaned up afterward, with Auntie Pie's help, and I kept quiet about the lessons.

King-Roy Johnson shows up on Esther’s doorstep that summer . He’s been sent north by his mother to escape a lynch mob after he was accused of murder in Alabama, and is taken in by Esther’s family. Feeling betrayed by the nonviolent philosophy of Martin Luther King J. King-Roy meets a follower of Malcolm X who uses radical teachings about black revolution to fuel King-Roy’s anger and frustration. From a National Book Award–winning author of Dancing on the Edge, this novel, by turns funny and poignant, not only opens a window to history, but also displays Nolan’s brilliant gift for crafting profoundly appealing protagonists (School Library Journal).

A Summer of Kings book. National Book Award-winning author Han Nolan brings readers a bold new voice-by turns funny and poignant, innocent and worldly-in this powerful coming-of-age story set during the turbulent struggle for civil rights.

I read this book because I was browsing different works by Han Nolan. The only other book I'd read by the author was 'Born Blue. That book was amazing so I figured I'd give one of her other books a try. I was laughing out loud through the early parts of the book, then, before I knew it, I was feeling the lowest of lows along with the narrator of the story. I ended up loving this book more than I thought it would. In my opinion, 'Born Blue' is the better book of the two, but it's still worth a read.

by. Nolan, Han. Publication date. Over the course of the summer of 1963, fourteen-year-old Esther Young discovers the passion within her when eighteen-year-old King-Roy Johnson, accused of murdering a white man in Alabama, comes to live with her family. Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

Powerful fiction by National Book Award-winning author Han Nolan. Release Date:February 2012. Publisher:HMH Books for Young Readers.

It's 1963 and fourteen-year-old Esther Young is looking for excitement

It's 1963 and fourteen-year-old Esther Young is looking for excitement. Cursed with a lack of talent in a family filled with artistic types, Esther vows to get some attention by initiating a summer romance with a black teen accused of murdering a white man in Alabama

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It's 1963 and fourteen-year-old Esther Young is looking for excitement. Cursed with a lack of talent in a family filled with artistic types, Esther vows to get some attention by initiating a summer romance with a black teen accused of murdering a white man in Alabama.King-Roy Johnson shows up on Esther's doorstep that summer, an angry young man who feels betrayed by the nonviolent teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. Sent north by his mother to escape a lynch mob, he meets a follower of Malcolm X's who uses radical teachings about black revolution to fuel King-Roy's anger and frustration. But with each other's help, both Esther and King-Roy learn the true nature of integrity and find the power to stand up for what is right and true. National Book Award-winning author Han Nolan brings readers a bold new voice--by turns funny and poignant, innocent and worldly--in this powerful coming-of-age story set during the turbulent struggle for civil rights.
Comments to eBook A Summer of Kings
Taur
I discovered this book in the teen area of our library. The teen librarians had this as a recommended favorite of the month, or I would have never known it's existance. I picked it up out of curiosity, and decided it looked good,and maybe I could learn something about Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. as they relate to when I was a child too young to be aware.
There are so many books I had been aching to read, but I had to stop and read this one. Then, when I did start reading, I couldn't put it down. That is so very unlike me. I read it in three days! Unlike me again. Fiction is usually too sappy and unreal for me to enjoy.

It was so well written that I believed all the way through that it was a biography. How could anyone describe so accurately the feelings of Esther unless she was Esther! I so related to those feelings, and I believe we all do. The character development of everyone involved was so real. It seemed obvious to me that Esther was ADHD and had an gift of understanding people.
The book was so good that I, being over 40, was crying in the middle because I so related to how Esther felt. Don't get me wrong, it's not really a tear jerker, and not really negative.
I am going to buy it to keep a copy for myself. I will also read it to my 12 year old daughter, and perhaps use it as a home school unit.
I am now in search of other Han Nolan titles in hopes of finding other awesome titles. Maybe the author will indulge us with sequels!
Reemiel
I'm a teacher at the local high school in a small county. We started a book club last year. This book was the book chosen to be October's read. We haven't had our meeting yet to discuss it, but I thought it was a great story. My only complaint was it became a little dull around the 2nd third or so, but overall the story is wonderful. You can really see Esther grow and come into her own. I honestly didn't expect the ending, but I think it worked well with the story. I feel like this is a great book for young adult readers because of many reasons, but mainly to help those who think they don't fit in realize they are just their own person, and they shouldn't be afraid to be who they are. This would not normally be a book I would just pick up to read, but I'm glad it was chosen as the book club book this month. I highly recommend.
Umsida
I had to read this for my Children's Literature class. It was a very interesting story and would be good for a junior high classroom or part of a civil rights study.
Matty
I read this book because I was browsing different works by Han Nolan. The only other book I'd read by the author was 'Born Blue.' That book was amazing so I figured I'd give one of her other books a try. I was laughing out loud through the early parts of the book, then, before I knew it, I was feeling the lowest of lows along with the narrator of the story. I ended up loving this book more than I thought it would. In my opinion, 'Born Blue' is the better book of the two, but it's still worth a read.
Mr.Champions
I had to read this for my book club at school so I didn't have any pre-conceived notions about it. I was hooked by the first chapter. The book is written in First person so I felt like I had an adventure and went through all the emotions that the main character did. I highly recommend this book.
Wohald
The book arrived in perfect quality, not even a scratch was on the dust jacket. It arrived timely, and was exactly what I expected.
terostr
I received the book in excellent condition.....I wish I would have received it a little faster as it was for a required Pre-AP English book for my daughter but I would definitely buy from this again! Thank You!
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