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Down Sand Mountain

By Steve Watkins

"A classic loss-of-innocence story. . . . Readers will be haunted by the drama of harsh secrets close to home." —Booklist (starred review)

It’s 1966, and Dewey is determined to start seventh grade right. No more being the brunt of every joke. But after he stains his face mimicking the minstrel show’s popular Shoeshine Boy, bullies call him Sambo and bar him from the — whites only — bathroom. The only kid who will talk to him is fellow outsider Darla, who wears her hair (and sings and dances) like Shirley Temple. Through their friendship, Dewey learns of issues bigger than himself and his small Florida town — like segregation, the Vietnam War, sexuality, abuse, and even death and grieving. Told in a voice at times comic and lighthearted, at others devastating and lonely, this novel will stay with readers long after the book is closed.

  • A Golden Kite Award Winner
  • Starred review in Booklist

About the author

Steve Watkins, an associate professor at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, is a short-story writer and winner of a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

ISBN: 9780763648350
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: May 1, 2011
Dimensions: 139 x 209mm, 336pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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