Shannon Gibney: Dream Country



Ry f culture and how it evolves through generations It is a story f countries and how these larger struggles impact individuals living within themEach section is important to the rest showing that we are never fully immune to the conflicts f the past They scar us in ways that are sometimes both visible and invisible Each generation building n the lessons and nightmares f the A Killing Tide one before it Dream Country is an examinationf how Shivers: four in one: The Enchanted Attic/A Ghastly Shade of Green/The Locked Room - The Awful Apple Orchard our past can hauntur present and how L'Oracle de votre subconscient : I-Ching, Le Livre des transformations one dreamer is determined to understand these threads inrder to seize control Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! of her present and her future Time passesceans are crossed circumstances change Les Naufrags d'Ythaq T03 : Le soupir des toiles or they do not One continent is exchanged for another but still the spiral does not become a circle No spirals rise and they fall Sometimes it s hard to know which Dream Country is not just a storyf a family s history Or The Royal Joust of a culturer a country It is a vivid portrayal American Maharajah of what racism looks like feels like but profoundly how it stems How it can grow fromne group to another hate breeding hate in new ways with new generations wreaking pain and heartache n the next This is a heartbreaking but real story One which helps understand not nly the pain f ur past but the difficulties in Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan our presentThis incredible journey forces the reader to examine somef the lesser known truths f history Dream Country is a fictional canvas f fact where historical fact is woven into the story Knowing that there is legitimate history written into these characters and their struggles makes the atrocities we encounter impossible to ignore This isn t a fictionalized story where The Quarterback's Crush once you close the cover the story leaves the reader Instead this will awaken the need to know to think to understand The truth is fluid and fungible and untrustworthy and won t abide by anyne telling And sometimes in inventing the truth we can discover something deeper We can find ur place in the story Dream Country is a beautifully written story that is compelling and stunning It is deep and profound and will pen a dialogue for young readers everywhere This book is perfect to help teens who perhaps have faced their wn struggles with identity and fitting in With wanting to understand their wn generational histories and where these lives f the past fit in with their futureThis book is perfect for book clubs classrooms and everything in between There is some language along with difficult subject matter such as colonization slavery violence and references to rape though utside Infamy of language there aren t any graphic descriptions I would recommend to mature young adult readersr at least with a parent General P.T.G. Beauregard or teacher available to help guide the reader through deeper discoveryf these difficult themes and subjectsIn short this book is stunning It is a shining example My Wishful Thinking of why we need diverse books with diverse characters along withwn voices authors This is a complex story bringing to light pieces f ur wn history that are lesser known It is valuable informative and incredibly incredibly important Highly highly recommendThank you to Penguin Young Readers for including me n this incredible tour and for sending me a copy for review Great for a different perspective The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 of the African experience in America it does explore a little know sidef history the colonization Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest of Liberia by Freed African American who left the USA in searchf their ancestral home and how they ended up behaving in a way that reflected the reality that they suffered at the hand f the white plantations wners towards the native population f Liberia Very interesting topic for anyone interested in a complex story f the African American experience and the African experience in America main character is Liberian DNF 23% I really wanted to like this book because it s an important book it revolves around fictionalized stories that existed and deserve to be told I feel terrible for not being able to finish it for not sticking through the stories to experience the book as a whole as a Book as important as this deserves But I just couldn t sit through reading this Part Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day of the reason was the language in which the characters speak I couldn t really follow it very well mostf the time I had to take a moment to figure ut what was being said This stems from my very white centric knowledge f language and it s unfortunate I found it hard to enjoy this book because Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) of it Another reason was that nothing was happening I was just bored and I actually skipped ahead. 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 pointf view f Togar Somah an eighteen year ld indigenous Liberian Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks on the run from government militias that would force him to work the plantationsf the Congo people descendants Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman 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 childrenf Yasmine Wright who leave a Virginia plantation

Shannon Gibney s second novel is flat Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition out amazing It is raw and revealing and captivated men every level This book will be Heaven Next Stop our One Read in the fall and there is so much to discuss Racism slavery white supremacy the immigrant experience families generational repercussions andn and nAnd I am also excited ur students will learn about the history f Liberia I feel so stupid that I knew nothing about how ex slaves from America horribly treated indigenous populations in Liberia and transformed that country Are we all doomed to exert power and damage ver those we deem less than even if it s happened to us It s what we know and we re all continually doing itI m still thinking about these things and I m not articulating it all that well but again so much to think about and discuss with this book A great choice for a One Read This is an incredible story Bases Loaded of a family impacted by the African diaspora The book is told in a non linear fashion as seen through the eyesf ne f the contemporary members f the family We begin in today s Minneapolis area with a boy named Kollie whose parents send him back to the land from where he was a refugee Liberia From there we travel back to family that grew up in Liberia then back even further to family which had been indentured servants in the US prior to the Civil War their freedom came when they left the US and headed back to Liberia We move then to the parents f Kollie and what they endured in LiberiaWhat s remarkable about this book aside from the heartache and hope seen through the characters is the history that we never learn about Gibney s extraordinary research powerful author s note explain how when black freed people went back to Liberia they brought with them the same tools used against them to harm enslave and colonize the native Liberians This book shows that through this familyI couldn t stop thinking about pairing this book with Homegoing Like with Gyasi s book some characters will resonate than thers for readers I found Kollie and Angel s stories especially her s despite being the smallest part done purposefully to be the most compelling Note that some f the characters are a bit beyond their teen years and in many ways this book read to me as less YA and adult That doesn t mean YA readers won t love it but rather it d be an awesome and easy sell to adult readers too Powerful moving vital and When You Lose Your Job one that is going to mean a LOT to a lotf readers 35 stars During the first few chapters f this book I did not think I would like it at all I totally believe that racism still exists in ur schools but the stories Isabel the Queen: Life and Times of the modern day Minneapolis school seemed a bit unrealistic to me The thing that really tripped me up was the usef Brooklyn Center High School Why not use a fictional school since the events and characters in this book are fictional BUT Fantastic Post Office 03 once Kollie s story was done I really started to enjoy the book I learned so much about Liberia considering I knew next to nothing before The stories about the African slaves who went to Liberia to colonize were so fascinating especially to see how former slaves became the slavers Super sad I did find myself getting confused in parts for example the American Africans are referred to as white by the native Africans but this wasn t explained till much later in the book so the whole time I was so confused as to why all the people from Congo were white haha I also had a hard time following the civil warrevolutionHowever the writing was good and I really appreciate any story that brings to light what refugees are facing today as well as their past sufferings I admire the author s commitment in researching this story and uncovering history that had previously remain hiddenr cloudy We need diverse stories like thisI wanted to recommend this to my husband for his ESL students but the repeated use Tim Crouch of the C word and F word probably disualify it You all think you hatene another precisely because we don t about this stuff She sighed You done realize it yet but that is the real tragedy Not a name somebody got called Dream Country is a beautiful journey f ne family woven throughout a tapestry Drawing the Human Head of generations struggling with what freedom means to eachf them Told through five perspectives spanning from the early 1800 s to the present we see the common threads Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics of dreams identity and hope in eachf their stories This is a journey DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle of a family but it is also a journey through history both real and imagined It is a sto. The heartbreaking storyf five generations f young people from a single African and American family pursuing an elusive dream f freedom The novel begins in suburban Minneapolis at the moment when seventeen year ld Kollie Flomo begins to crack under the strain f his life as a Liberian refugee He's exhausted by being at Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, once too black and not black enough for his African American peers and worn down by the expectationsf his wn Liberian family and community When his frustration finally spills into violence and his parents send him back to Monrovia.

To a different POV because I was so bored nly to find that I couldn t uite sit through that ne either In conclusion I just couldn t finish this book at this point in my life I hope to find a better appreciation for it later in my life because I feel awful about not giving it the full read and appreciation it bviously deserves This was so hard to read but also so important I think my critiues are just that I wanted time with the characters but that also would ve been really painful There was also some historical context I didn t understand Some characters were called white but really weren t and some were called half caste I thought this was whiteblack when it was American BlackLiberian But yeah This was so heavy and so like lots Pontius Pilate of in depth ideas I had not considered combined with history I didn t even know I think I m mostly shaken that those in bondage could gon to commit the same atrocities to Livin de Life others It haunts me Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestI ve said many times in my reviews that the YA genre needs to start taking risks For about a decade YA has been snowballing towards safe and stale Young adults are young adults and I personally think as a reader and a writer that we need to stop acting like teens and adults in their early twenties need to be protected from difficult subjectsr explicit content as 1 they re going to go ahead and find it anyway if they really want to read it so you might as well to try and do it well and for the intended audience and 2 it s not like teens aren t experiencing things like sex swearing alcohol and bigotryracism in their everyday livesSo before I even get into the content Aeralis of DREAM COUNTRY I want to say that I appreciate that the author didn t try to dumb down the difficult subjects in her book which was to my surprise for young adults There is a lotf graphic content everything from genocide to rape to racism colorism privilege explicit language multiple uses Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half of the N word especially but also the C word as well as white supremacy and slaveryDREAM COUNTRY is a multi generational family saga centering around a Liberian family The first narrator Kollie is a high school student in the early noughties who struggles with not being black enough to fit in with the American black students but also very much consciousf the racism he faces as a man Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives of color and the xenophobia he faces as an immigrant The second narrator is Togar which takes place in the late 1920s Togar is trying to escape the militant slavers who are forcing Liberians to work the plantationswned by ex slaves who colonized Liberia in the 1800s Yasmine is ne f those ex slaves who thinks that Liberia will be a new chance for her and her children but she is taken aback by the sickness the poor health conditions and the rural conditions Then there s Ujay and Evelyn whose narrative is set in the 1980s during the Liberian Civil war The story ends full circle with Angel Kollie s younger sister who is now an adult in the 2010sAs I said this book is written the way it would be for any adult Gibney does not balk at the idea The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit of communicating the horrorsf slavery racism and war to kids And really I think most kids don t have any idea how horrific such events are because freuently they are sugar coated Limey Gumshoe or glorified in children s fiction Reading this book makes you fully cognizantf the stakes It actually reminded me a lot f Yaa Gyasi s HOMEGOING although between you and me I thought HOMEGOING was a better book because each character was fleshed ut and their story fully developedThat actually brings me to my biggest complaint with DREAM COUNTRY it felt like an unfinished book The characters stories didn t really close in a satisfying way and in my pinion the most interesting POVs ended way too soon and the less interesting POVs dragged n forever I would have liked to learn about Togar Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen or see what Kollie s experience was like when his parents sent him to Liberia Angel s POV felt like an afterthought and Ujay s was thenly historical POV that actually provided new perspective Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade on his descendants whereas thethers really didn t in my Harcourt School Publishers Collections opinionDREAM COUNTRY isn t a bad book by any means and it does some pretty amazing things but there were also many points where I found myself bored by the subject matter and given the naturef the subject matter that should not be the case I m going to donate my copy to a high school now that I ve done with it Hopefully the kids will enjoy it than I did 3 stars. Ith 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 From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure ones who wield it With each new section the novel uncovers fresh hope and resonating heartbreak all basedn historical factIn Dream Country Shannon Gibney spins a riveting tale On Toby's Terms of the nightmarish spiralf death and exile connecting America and Africa and f how ne determined young dreamer tries to break free and gain control f her destiny.

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Shannon Gibney was born in 1975 in Ann Arbor Michigan She was adopted by Jim and Sue Gibney about five months later and grew up with her two biological brothers Jon and BenShannon has loved to read and to write as far back as she can remember When she was in second grade she started making “books” about her family’s camping trips and later graduated to a series on three sibling detectiv