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.
"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."
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!
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!