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 Trouble the water
 Author: Dowell, Frances O'Roark

 Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 278 p.,  20 cm.

 BTSB No: 289004 ISBN: 9781481424639
 Ages: 9-13 Grades: 4-8

 Race relations -- Fiction
 Segregation -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Family life -- Kentucky -- Fiction
 Underground Railroad -- Fiction
 Kentucky -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction

Price: $19.81

In the segregated south of Kentucky in 1953, twelve-year-olds Callie, who is black, and Wendell, who is white, are brought together by an old dog that is clearly seeking something or someone, but they not only face prejudice, they find trouble at a haunted cabin in the woods.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 181976
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 6.40
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 67936

   Kirkus Reviews (04/15/16)
   Booklist (05/01/16)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2016 Life seems simple in Celeste, Kentucky, in 1953. Whites and blacks get along only because they leave each other alone, and strangers are noticed. An old yellow dog has shown up in town, and Callie, 11 and black, decides to find his owner, hoping to turn the story into an article for the local newspaper. She meets Wendell, a white boy her age, and the two discover an old cabin where, Callie knows, runaway slaves used to hide. Here the dog finds what he is looking for: the ghost of his former master, Jim, a boy who drowned several years earlier. With him is the ghost of Thomas, one of the runaway slaves. But as Callie’s investigation heats up, so does the anger of one of Wendell’s acquaintances, unhappy with the mixed-race friendship. While most novels of this era focus on integration and the violence of race relations, this novel—part historical fiction, part ghost story—has a gentler touch and could be used to springboard conversations about the time period. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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