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The Resource Hey, liberal! : a novel, Shawn Shiflett

Hey, liberal! : a novel, Shawn Shiflett

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Hey, liberal! : a novel
Title
Hey, liberal!
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Shawn Shiflett
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Language
eng
Summary
"In this novel set in the racial tinderbox of Chicago 1968, thirteen-year-old Simon Fleming, the white son of a civil rights activist minister, is sent to a predominantly African American high school, feeling charged by his parents to carry out the family's commitment to the community and school integration. Here, he is dropped into a world where gang warfare, drug abuse, and violence are rampant. Simon's quest for survival takes him through a failed student boycott organized by community leaders, as well as through numerous race riots, and brings him into contact with gangbangers, political activists, racist cops, and unlikely new friends. Hey, Liberal! exposes an out-of-touch education system and the universality of racial violence amid a nation moving, inch by inch, toward a more culturally diverse and inclusive future."--P. [4] of cover
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Review
  • Will high-school life ever get any easier for a 13-year-old boy? In the winter of 1969, as racial tensions divide the city of Chicago and surge throughout the crumbling corridors of predominately African American Dexter High School, Caucasian Simon Fleming is left to wonder if his biggest nightmare stems from being awarded the unsought affection of Dia Grossinger or avoiding the attention of members of the Cobra Stone or Latin Kings gangs who rule the hallways and schoolyard. The son of a civil-rights-activist minister, Simon may have been indoctrinated into the rhetoric of peace, love, and understanding, but he is finding it hard not to feel the allure of guns and fists as the violence escalates during student boycotts of the school’s racist policies. Some days, just staying alive is victory enough. Inspired by events from the author’s own life, including a letter from Martin Luther King, Jr. to his father, Chicago writing-professor and novelist Shiflett presents an edgy, raw insider account of student life during the late-1960s racial strife and protest movements that is distressingly pertinent to today. -- Haggas, Carol (Reviewed 8/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 22, p26)
  • The white son of a minister active in the civil rights movement is forced to question the values he grew up with after he begins attending a mostly African-American high school in turbulent 1969 Chicago.Shiflett (Hidden Place, 2004) tells the story of 14-year-old Simon Fleming, a white student who believes in integration—he participates in a boycott to end racist policies at the school—but whose skin color also makes him a frequent target of bullying and violence. After he tries to stop a group of black boys from beating another white student, he's rescued by a racist school cop, Officer Clark, who offers him protection in exchange for intel on the boycott. Other central characters include Clyde, a black classmate who tries to keep Simon out of trouble, and Simon's father, Adam, whose own commitment to civil rights blinds him, at least at first, to the challenges his son faces. Most effectively (and affectingly) drawn among the supporting cast is Louis, a mercurial and often drug-addled classmate. Louis' own minister father was killed while advocating for civil rights, and it is Louis' complicated relationship with Simon that gives the novel's most powerful moments their weight. Shiflett tends to let his scenes go long, and some plot elements feel overly familiar (Officer Clark's act wears thin quickly, Simon's requisite love interest isn't given much to do). Still, Shiflett does a nice job illuminating a complex situation from multiple perspectives, and readers will find the book's brisk final third—when various plotlines coalesce around rioting at the school—difficult to put down. An imperfect but admirably frank exploration of the challenges of integration in the late 1960s.(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2016)
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10527944
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Shiflett, Shawn
Dewey number
813/.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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  • African American high school students
  • Whites
  • Race relations
  • Chicago (Ill.)
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Hey, liberal! : a novel, Shawn Shiflett
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn941714548
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
301 pages
Isbn
9781613735602
Lccn
2016003650
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)941714548
Label
Hey, liberal! : a novel, Shawn Shiflett
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn941714548
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
301 pages
Isbn
9781613735602
Lccn
2016003650
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)941714548

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