The Silence of Our Friends
The Silence of Our Friends
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Annotation: Follows the experiences of a white family from a racist suburb and a black family from Houston's most disadvantaged community who cross color lines to defend five black college students charged with the murder of a policeman.
Catalog Number: #5110042
Format: Paperback
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Macmillan
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Illustrator: Powell, Nate,
Pages: 198 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-596-43618-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-596-43618-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2011030477
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Set in Houston in 1968, this graphic novel is based on Long's childhood memories of the events surrounding a little-remembered incident from the civil rights movement. As the students of Texas Southern University gear up for a demonstration involving Stokely Carmichael's Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, smaller satellite confrontations around town hint at the violence to come. The story unfolds from two sets of eyes, those of a white TV reporter (Long's father) and a black demonstration leader. Deciding that "men of conscience have got to join together," the two forge a friendship that crosses the color line, is not looked upon favorably by either of their communities, and gets tested when the demonstration turns ugly. Powell is one of the finest young cartoonists around, and his artwork th full-bodied figures, a loose compositional style, and inky black-and-white tones flinchingly mines the drama of both petty slashes of racism and larger instances of civil unrest. All the more powerful for its unfortunate familiarity, this account also shows how small acts of humanity can outclass even the most determined hatred.
Publishers Weekly
From the opening scene, this graphic novel written by Long and Demonakos is compelling. Set in Houston in 1968, it tells the story of two families-one black and one white-who are witness to and participants in events that shaped the South in the late 1960s. The novel is a loosely autobiographical account of the Long family, who moved from San Antonio to Houston in 1966, and experienced the protests, violence, and struggle for freedom that characterized the Third and Fifth Wards. Long-s father had moved to Houston to take a job as a local television reporter, and there he met Larry Thomas, the editor of an antipoverty weekly. This graphic novel presents an engrossing narrative about race in America, while honestly dealing with a host of other real-world issues, including familial relationships, friendship, dependency, -other--ness, and perhaps most importantly, the search for common ground. Powell-an award-winning cartoonist in his own right for Swallow Me Whole-tells a story in pictures that is just as compelling as what Long and Demonakos tell in words. (Jan.)

School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up&12; The year 1968 was a tense time to be growing up in Houston. Mark Long, the white protagonist of this gripping graphic novel-like Mark Long, the author&12;is the son of the local TV station's "race reporter." The more contact his dad has with civil rights protesters and law enforcement, the more motivated he becomes to speak up against racism at work and at home. Bigotry, police brutality, and civilian violence, as well as nonviolent marches and sit-ins, are depicted from the point of view of young Mark, his father, and a black activist and his family who become acquainted with the Longs. Well-chosen scenes&12;among them a prison rodeo and a black church service&12;move the story along while illuminating it from many angles. Dialogue is so natural as to be completely unobtrusive. Powell uses a mixture of large and small panels along with a variety of frame compositions and points of view to give the book a cinematic realism. From this intimate vantage point, racist incidents are shockingly ugly, while happy domestic moments&12;as when the kids from both families belt out "Soul Man"&12;are unself-consciously beautiful. The youthful protagonist and graphic-novel format will plunge readers into a time that can seem very distant. Ideal as a class read, absorbing for solo readers.&12; Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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Word Count: 7,480
Reading Level: 2.7
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.7 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 148140 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.5 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q56437

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER As the civil rights struggle heats up in Texas, two families-one white, one black-find common ground. 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. The Silence of Our Friends Author Q&A How much of this book''s story is based on real events? Mark Long: Creating a book like this one required us to find a balance between factual accuracy and emotional authenticity. Some details as well as names have been changed for storytelling purposes. But the facts are that in 1967 Texas Southern University students began a boycott of classes after the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was banned from campus, and on May 17th they staged a sit down protest on Wheeler Avenue over conditions at the nearby city garbage dump. The protestevolved into an police riot that night when an undercover officer was shot and over 200 officers responded by pouring rifle and machinegun fire into the men''s dormitory. The police later stormed the dormitory and arrested 489 students after a policeman was shot and killed. All but 5 of the students were released the next day. They came to be called the "TSU Five" and were charged with the murder of the slain officer. Only one of the students stood trial in Victoria Texas due to publicity in Houston. His trial ended with the dismissal of all charges against the five when it was discovered that the officer was shot accidentally by another officer. With the civil rights struggle as a backdrop to the story, how did you balance a contemporary perspective on race with the reality of race issues at the time? Nate Powell: While visualizing and adapting Mark''s largely autobiographical work on the story, I found myself calling on my own experiences as a kid in Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas in the 1980''s. Though the story takes place in a specific historical framework, many of the attitudes, details, atmospheric elements, and anecdotes were extremely familiar to me -- sometimes too familiar. As the pages progressed, the twenty years between our Southern childhood experiences didn''t seem like much of a difference at all, which was certainly disturbing at times. There were frequent case-by-case conversations about accurate depictions of racism, the privilege of authorship, and inherent charge carried by racism''s role in the book. Generally speaking, we determined that this was in many ways a brutal story but a very accurate one, and respecting the very real violence carried by certain words and actions allowed us to give them their ugly space in the narrative, for better or for worse. Is much knowledge of the civil rights movement required? Mark Long: Everything that pushes the narrative forward is contained within the story''s pages, and a lot of the civil rights and struggle-related content is specific to Houston in 1967-68. It definitely covers what readers might need to know without having expertise on the civil rights movement. Having said that, however, I think readers are rewarded throughout the book as characters are offered windows through which they witness a much more massive social upheaval, framed within the last few months of Dr. Martin Luther King''s too-short life. There''s no easy way to categorize this book, how would you describe it? Mark Long: I''d say it''s a culture''s own coming-of-age tale. By that, I mean it''s first and foremost an exploration of shifting boundaries: towns and neighborhoods, friends and families, customs and attitudes all on the threshold of massive (and ongoing) change. The boundaries themselves take on lives of their own at times. In a more traditional sense, it''s also equal parts a story centering on two families'' internal relationships as they find themselves in each other''s orbit, struggle narrative, friendship-betrayal tale, and courtroom drama. Why choose to tell this story in a graphic format? Nate Powell: As the story''s climax is dependent on sorting through multiple points of view, it''s appropriate that comics are ideal medium by which to tell a tale with so many lenses. The book offers a pretty intimate view of the world through main characters'' points of view, but bringing the narrative even closer through Mark''s eyes and balancing them all without judgment highlight the strengths of comics storytelling.

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