Anthem (The Sixties Trilogy #3) (Hardcover)
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This is book number 3 in the The Sixties Trilogy series.
Jim's September 2019, 2 of 2
It is 1969 and the living is not easy. The Vietnam War rages on. People are protesting in the streets. Racial strife continues to plague the country. Driving the rhythm of life is the music, music, music of the times, everything from folk to rock, from the Beatles to an up-and-coming band called the Allman Brothers. Of course, the music is all Norman cares about as he sets off cross country with his cousin Molly to find her brother, who has run away from home rather than live under the same roof as his right-wing father.
Anthem is the final book in Wiles' Sixties trilogy. She has a keen eye for recreating the feel of the time and through Molly's eyes captures the complexities of a nation in transition. I especially loved that characters from the first two books in the series appear to play a part in the cousin's cross-country odyssey. Wiles intersperses segments of news photography throughout the story to give the reader a sense of the reality the characters were living in. It is what drew me to the series in the first place and it is firmly in place here. I enjoyed this book from page one and was sad to see it end.— From Jim
Molly is a girl who's not sure she can feel anything anymore, because life sometimes hurts way too much. Her brother Barry ran away after having a fight with their father over the war in Vietnam. Now Barry's been drafted into that war - and Molly's mother tells her she has to travel across the country in an old schoolbus to find Barry and bring him home.
Norman is Molly's slightly older cousin, who drives the old schoolbus. He's a drummer who wants to find his own music out in the world - because then he might not be the "normal Norman" that he fears he's become. He's not sure about this trip across the country . . . but his own mother makes it clear he doesn't have a choice.
Molly and Norman get on the bus - and end up seeing a lot more of America that they'd ever imagined. From protests and parades to roaring races and rock n' roll, the cousins make their way to Barry in San Francisco, not really knowing what they'll find when they get there.
As she did in her other epic novels Countdown and Revolution, two-time National Book Award finalist Deborah Wiles takes the pulse of an era . . . and finds the multitude of heartbeats that lie beneath it.
About the Author
* "Wiles skillfully keeps many balls in the air, giving readers a story that appeals
across the decades as well as offering enticing paths into the history." -- Booklist, starred review
* "The larger story . . . told here in an expert coupling of text and design, is how life
endures, even triumphs, no matter how perilous the times." -- Horn Book, starred
* "References to duct tape (then newly invented), McDonald's and other pop culture
lend authenticity to this phenomenal story of the beginnings of radical change in
America." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Wiles palpably recreates the fear kids felt when air-raid sirens and duck-and-cover
drills were routine . . . this story is sure to strike a chord with those living through
tough times today." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for The Sixties Trilogy #2: Revolution:
*"With elements of family drama and coming of age themes that mirror the larger sociopolitical backdrop, Revolution is a book that lingers long after the last page." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "1960s words and images still sound and resound in this triumphant middle volume of the author's Sixties Trilogy." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review