Seeing Red

Seeing Red

In a nutshell:  A boy faces up to prejudice in his small town, ultimately realizing that he can’t erase the past but he can change the future.

 

After his beloved father dies, Red tries everything to stop his mother from selling their home and business, even getting in trouble with the sheriff -- and worse.  At odds with his mother and little brother, he misses his friends even more.  Rosie won't tell him what's going on in her family and Thomas, two years older and African-American, has outgrown Red's naivete.  Beau and Miss Georgia, and maybe Red's teacher, are the only ones who seem to understand, yet it's 1972 in a small southern town and they, too, are victims of the prejudice that surrounds them all. It's up to Red to try to right the wrongs of the past and present, and make his stand demanding change for the future.

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Reviews:

"Erskine has written a powerful indictment of injustice in all forms and an equally powerful and dramatic demonstration that young people, by taking individual action, can actually change history. This is an important book that deserves the widest possible readership."

Booklist, Starred Review

"Erskine frankly explores the difficulty in fighting a corrupt system, but also stresses the difference one individual—even a child—can make, providing hope that justice can prevail."

Publishers Weekly

"Seeing Red is a boy's twist on Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird."

ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents)

Fun Facts About Seeing Red

Schools looking for class sets or multiple copies, paperbacks of SEEING RED are available through Scholastic here:  http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/save-books-order-your-visiting-authors-work!

Love this book trailer that was done for SEEING RED!

So grateful that Seeing Red is on the Sunshine State (Florida) list that I'm going to Florida twice -- once in January to Lakewood Elementary in St. Pete's, and a few months' later to "April is for Authors" in Palm Beach!

Seeing Red Pinterest Page!

Seeing Red -- Lexile:  750L,  DRA:  50,  Guided Reading:  V,  and Discussion Guide.

Here's the British cover of Seeing Red.  I love how it incorporates the red pickup truck on the American jacket but adds a periscope look at the two important characters, Red and Thomas.

Thanks to the Orthodox Mama (and teacher) for this Seeing Red review and for inlcuding it in her 100 books to read in 2015.

http://www.theorthodoxmama.com/what-im-reading-this-week-14/

Music touches our hearts and souls.  It's both comfort and inspiration.  Here are songs popular in the early 1970's that I listened to while thinking about the charaters and events in Seeing Red.  If you click on a song title it'll take you to the Amazon page where you can play a snippet of the song and get a flavor of it -- and Seeing Red!  Enjoy!

RESPECT, Aretha Franklin

BLACK & WHITE, Three Dog Night

I’LL BE THERE, Jackson 5

STAND BY ME, Ben E. King

I AM WOMAN, Helen Reddy

Theme from M*A*S*H

WAR, Edwin Starr

I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW, Johnny Nash

TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS, John Denver

Theme from KUNG FU

LEAN ON ME, Bill Withers

SAY IT LOUD, I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD, James Brown

O-O-H, CHILD, The Five Stairsteps

MY GIRL, The Temptations

CRACKLIN’ ROSIE, Neil Diamond

I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING, The Cola Singers

WHAT’S GOING ON, Marvin Gaye