Silence of Our Friends

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As the civil rights struggle heats up in Texas, two families—one white, one black—find common ground.

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This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1967 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.

The Silence of Our Friends follows events through the point of view of young Mark Long, whose father is a reporter covering the story. Semi-fictionalized, this story has its roots solidly in very real events. With art from the brilliant Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole) bringing the tale to heart-wrenching life, The Silence of Our Friends is a new and important entry in the body of civil rights literature for older teens and adults.

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Author Mark Long / Jim Demonakos / Nate Powell
Publisher :01 First Second Books
Page Count 208pp
Publication Size 5.75 x 8.5 x .75
Publication Notes softcover, b/w
Publication Date January 17, 2012
ISBN 978-1596436183

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