A Yellow Watermelon is author Ted Dunagan's first book introducing us to the segregated South of the 1940s. Dunagan writes about the adventures of Ted Dillion, a twelve-year-old white boy, and his gradual discovery of racial double standards in his hometown. Ted spends most of his long summer days playing where he shouldn't, thinking of how to get out of school, and wondering about why white and black people in his town don't mingle. Dunagan uses colorful dialect and even more colorful characters to spin a story that looks at racism from more than one perspective.
When Ted meets Jake, they develop an instant bond despite their age and racial differences. Soon, Ted is picking cotton on his uncle's farm and meets Poudlum, a twelve year old black boy. The two hit it off immediately and together with Jake, get in over their heads in adventure. The boys also come to the conclusion that it is up to them to change ‘the system’ because as Ted tells Poudlum, ‘it's the right thing to do.’
Their adventures are reminiscent of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer, and the action-filled plot will have you ready to pick up the next volume in the series. If you're ever given the chance, be sure to check out the recently produced play, A Yellow Watermelon. Dunagan gave his seal of approval on the production reminiscent of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
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ISBN 1588383016 EAN 9781588383013 Target Group 08-12 Publisher New South Books Publish Date Apr 1, 2014 Copyright Date Apr 14, 2014 Binding Paperback
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A beautifully written book for young readers, that adults, too, will benefit from reading, A Yellow Watermelon is the story of an unlikely friendship that grows between two 11-year-old boys, in South Alabama. It is not only heartwarming and a compelling read, this book is packed with wonderful adventure that might rival the stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Teachers, buy this book for your students. Parents, give this book to your children. Then, read it for yourself. You will not be sorry you spent time learning more about the yellow watermelon.