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Literature and Fiction | Multicultural African-American
An â€śurgent and heartrending novel about an America on the
brinkâ€ť (Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood),
They Come in All Colors follows a biracial teenage
boy who finds his new life in the big city disrupted by
childhood memories of the summer when racial tensions in his
hometown reached a tipping point.
Itâ€™s 1968 when fourteen-year-old Huey Fairchild begins high
school at Claremont Prep, one of New York Cityâ€™s most
prestigious boysâ€™ schools. His mother had uprooted her
family from their small hometown of Akersburg, Georgia,
leaving behind Hueyâ€™s white father and the racial unrest
that ran deeper than the Chattahoochee River.
But for our sharp-tongued protagonist, forgetting the past
is easier said than done. At Claremont, where the only other
nonwhite person is the janitor, Huey quickly realizes that
racism can lurk beneath even the nicest school uniform.
After a momentary slip of his temper, Huey finds himself on
academic probation and facing legal charges. With his
promising school career in limbo, he begins to reflect on
his memories of growing up in Akersburg during the Civil
Rights Movementâ€”and the chilling moments leading up to his
and his motherâ€™s flight north.
With Hueyâ€™s head-shaking antics fueling this coming-of-age
narrative, the novel triumphs as a tender and honest
exploration of race, identity, family, and homeland, and a
work that is â€śemotionally acuteâ€¦eye-opening and rewarding
for a wide range of readersâ€ť (Library Journal,
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