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The Resource Dream Country

Dream Country

Label
Dream Country
Title
Dream Country
Statement of responsibility
by Shannon Gibney
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom.Dream Country begins in suburban Minneapolis at the moment when seventeen-year-old Kollie Flomo begins to crack under the strain of his life as a Liberian refugee. He's exhausted by being at once too black and not black enough for his African American peers and worn down by the expectations of his own Liberian family and community. When his frustration finally spills into violence and his parents send him back to Monrovia to reform school, the story shifts. Like Kollie, readers travel back to Liberia, but also back in time, to the early twentieth century and the point of view of Togar Somah, an eighteen-year-old indigenous Liberian on the run from government militias that would force him to work the plantations of the Congo people, descendants of the African American slaves who colonized Liberia almost a century earlier. When Togar's section draws to a shocking close, the novel jumps again, back to America in 1827, to the children of Yasmine Wright, who leave a Virginia plantation with their mother for Liberia, where they're promised freedom and a chance at self-determination by the American Colonization Society. The Wrights begin their section by fleeing the whip and by its close, they are then the ones who wield it. With each new section, the novel uncovers fresh hope and resonating heartbreak, all based on historical fact
Summary
"Spanning two centuries and two continents, Dream Country is the story of five generations of young people caught in a spiral of death and exile between Liberia and the United States"--
Theme
Storyline
Writing style
Character
Award
Minnesota Book Award for Young People's Literature, 2019.
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
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10734184
Cataloging source
DLC
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Gibney, Shannon
Index
no index present
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
900
Literary form
fiction
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  • 9
  • 12
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Foreign Fiction
  • History
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Dream Country
Instantiates
Control code
BORROWBOX:PGC_530728
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780735231696
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Dream Country
Control code
BORROWBOX:PGC_530728
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9780735231696
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

    • Lionel Bowen Library and Community CentreBorrow it
      669-673 Anzac Parade, Marouba, NSW, 2035, AU
      -33.938111 151.237977
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