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Deborah Wiles, read by Stacey Aswad, Francois Battiste, J.D. Jackson, and Robin Miles. Listening Library, , unabridged, 10 CDs, 12 hrs., $50 ISBN 978-0-8041-6872-4

Set during the Freedom Summer of 1964, the second installment of Wiles’s Sixties Trilogy begins as hundreds of civil rights activists descend on the town of Greenwood, Miss. to help disenfranchised black citizens overcome voting hurdles erected by local officials. The town is grappling with racial tension, and 12-year-old Sunny Fairchild and her brother are caught in the middle during a late-night adventure at a public swimming pool that bans African-Americans—including the young Raymond, whom Sunny and her brother meet. The story makes for a superb audiobook. Chapters are interwoven with re-created sound bites of reports, speeches, and radio announcements made to sound like authentic primary sources. Asward narrates Sunny’s chapters with a friendly Southern twang and youthful energy that captures the character perfectly. Battiste provides an equally engaging, and at times solemn and reflective, Raymond. Listeners will be enthralled. Ages 8–12. A Scholastic hardcover. (July)