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Kent State de Deborah Wiles
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Kent State (edició 2020)

de Deborah Wiles (Autor)

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Told from different points of view--protesters, students, National Guardsmen, and "townies"--recounts the story of what happened at Kent State in May 1970, when four college students were killed by National Guardsmen, and a student protest was turned into a bloody battlefield.
Membre:l1zzyd
Títol:Kent State
Autors:Deborah Wiles (Autor)
Informació:Scholastic Inc. (2020), 144 pages
Col·leccions:Read in 2021, La teva biblioteca
Valoració:***
Etiquetes:historical fiction, poetry, multiple voices

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Kent State de Deborah Wiles

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On May 4, 1970, four unarmed college students were killed and nine injured during a peaceful rally. National Guard soldiers fired on participants at the anti-Vietnam War gathering. The massacre trigger public outrage causing the largest student strike in history with millions of students participating. Although a Commission report concluded that the shootings were unjustified, no one was convicted in the shootings.

Read the recently published young adult books, then learn more at the website:

KENT STATE by Deborah Wiles is a work of historical fiction telling the story of the May 4, 1970 incident through multiple voices and vantage points.

KENT STATE: FOUR DEAD IN OHIO by Derf Backderf is a graphic history exploring the lives of the four young people who died and the events leading up to the May 4th tragedy.

KENT STATE SHOOTINGS is a digital collection from Kent State University’s Special Collections and Archives. The May 4 Collection includes an array of primary sources related to the tragedy and its aftermath including an oral history project, digital archive, and information packet.

To visit the digital collection, go to https://bit.ly/3ngaHO7.

ARC courtesy of Scholastic and Abrams. ( )
  eduscapes | Apr 6, 2021 |
Multiple voices tell from a wide range of perspectives on the events tell the story of the student unrest and ultimate violence against students at Kent State on May 4, 1970. The book is quick to read and a lot to absorb. Various voices are distinguished by font, size and placement on the page. A dive into a tense, scary, uncertain, and violent time. ( )
  ewyatt | Apr 5, 2021 |
The full cast production of the Kent State audiobook is fully deserving of its 2021 Odyssey Award: the actors bring so much gravity and passion to the story they relate, it has the powerful intimacy of a stage production. Wiles' structure is effective in connecting with a young reader to whom Kent State is history, by having the voices/characters invite their "new friend" to join them and listen to the tale they retell annually (INSERT YOUR NAME HERE). White students, white townies, a Guardsman, and a Black student bring multiple perspectives to the telling, as their feelings (and sometimes facts) clash.

Back matter includes "a note about May 4 and this story" from the author, in which she mentions several sources (many of which are housed on the Kent State campus), but there is no bibliography.

Quotes

...we will start by telling you what is most important:
They did not have to die. (3)

Aren't you exhausted?
We cannot afford
to be exhausted. (32)

That's your problem.
You sit there in your
comfortable homes and...
let us fight your uncomfortable war... (50)

You pick the strangest details.
Memory is like that.
Selective. Ours. (70)

What happened?
What is the evidence?
What was the sequence of events?
The narrative continues to be a lived experience.
The thing to do now is listen. (92)

We didn't believe they had real bullets.
If you were white, you had the privilege of believing that. (96)

The campus was a war zone
and American students were the enemy. (99)

"I don't care whether you've never listened
to anyone before in your lives.
I am begging you right now.
If you don't disperse,
they're going to move in,
and it can only be a slaughter.
Would you please listen to me?" (Professor Frank, 106)

you're saying
everyone needs to be heard. (112)

With any story, with any life, with any event...There will be as many versions of the truth as there are people who lived it. (121) ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 4, 2021 |
Narrated by a cast. The tragedy of the 1970 Kent State massacre and its impact on the students and residents is vividly rendered by a varied cast. As the listener and newcomer, you are part of hearing the stories the characters relate so you can understand the import of what happened, that the American government turned on its own citizens during a protest, killing four and injuring others. This definitely made me realize exactly what Kent State was really about, beyond the iconic photo of the girl screaming over a prone body. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 8, 2021 |
This is a beautifully written, powerfully moving account of the tragic events of May 4th, 1970 when 4 Kent State students were killed and 9 wounded by the National Guard during a campus rally. By writing it in verse, the author is able to put you into into the mindset of the students, townspeople, and National Guardsmen (although they are not the main focus) of the time. I loved the style of having multiple narrators, each depicted by a different typeface and by a unique placement on the page so that you could easily tell who was saying what, even when their words overlapped as they argued intensely. This would lend itself very easily to being read aloud by students in classes studying the event, as a poem for many voices. Very powerful; also an excellent choice to have a narrative thread by members of Black United Students, to weave in the African American perspective (they were taught to always expect live ammunition when confronted by armed authorities, and many of them warned each other to stay away from the rally for that reason, something I hadn't known) and talk about how they had been protesting long before this against discrimination on campus. The nameless narrators describe their strong feelings, their optimism and their anger, their fear and their outrage, and Wiles manages to juggle many opposing points of view quite adroitly, giving a well-rounded view of the times and the fervor among students and townspeople as events transpired, including rumors and misinformation that was widely circulated at the time. The four students killed are described with affection, as if by someone who knew them well, and it is repeated that they did not have to die. The book wraps up by connecting what happened then to today, by telling readers that our rights of assembly and free speech must always be allowed to be exercised, and we must hold our government accountable; Wiles invites young readers to be a 'champion of justice.' The author's note at the end is well done, as Wiles talks about her thoughts and feelings trying to write about and honor the dead, to get it right by doing an incredible amount of research online and in person, visiting KSU's campus and the May 4 Visitor Center and Special Collections. She invites readers to do their own research, and to visit if they can, because you never truly get the feel for an event until you can stand on the ground where it happened. And KSU now has a great walking tour with audio as well as a new augmented reality tour and a Mapping May 4 app that help visitors experience the events. Terrific book and an excellent commemoration on the 50th anniversary. Recommended for any grade level where students are curious about or are studying the Vietnam War and social protest movements, campus unrest and Ohio history too. Maybe 6th grade and up? [There are a couple of f-bombs but they're part of the realistic nature of the story and I think you can't tell a first-person story of this nature without realistic language.] ( )
  GoldieBug | Jul 16, 2020 |
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