Books: Fiction

The Fog Machine

Book — Fiction. By Susan Follett. 2014. 389 pages.
A young adult novel of historical fiction based on Freedom Summer.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements

The Fog Machine is historical fiction set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, from 1954 to 1964, through the eyes of a young Black woman who’s left Mississippi for Chicago, a 12-year-old white girl, and a Chicago law student and Jewish Freedom Summer volunteer from New York City. Their lives collide as each person questions what freedom means and the price they’ll pay to have it.

Learn more about the book at the website of author Susan Follett.

ISBN: 9781941038505 | Lucky Sky Press


“Insightful and highly readable. Written with sensitivity and insight about the nature of prejudice. The Fog Machine will resonate with teens and older readers alike.” —John Dittmer, author, Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

“Captures essential, often overlooked elements of the Freedom Schools: teachers encouraged to improvise in response to their students and African Americans courageously offering hospitality to young whites from the North. Bravo!” —Staughton Lynd, Freedom School Coordinator, MS Freedom Summer

“Your fictional Freedom Summer students and teachers GOT IT. Thank you for remembering my brother. Great book! Great job!” —Ben Chaney, James Earl Chaney Foundation founder

“Follett’s ear has perfect pitch in capturing the ingrained attitudes, nuanced feelings, and voices of hope at the 1964 Meridian Freedom School. Children naturally play together; it’s the grownups who teach them to hate and fear. The more we reveal how that happens, the more we can be hopeful about changing it.” —Mark Levy, coordinator, 1964 Meridian Freedom School