The day he buried his pa, Nobe Chase lost everything — his father, his home, and his dog, Rex. Worst of all, he had to move into town to live with Sheriff Leonard’s dog killer, wife stealer, and secret law-breaker of all sorts.
That day, Nobe found a new purpose for his life’s revenge. Hate takes over his life, burning out of control inside him. Nobe learns how dangerous hate can be when it is unleashed in a fury of fire and gunpowder during a race riot in nearby Tulsa. When the violence spills over into his hometown, Nobe must decide what kind of man he is going to become — one driven by vengeance or one driven by courage.
Based on true events in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during May of 1921, Anna Myers has produced a powerful novel of historical fiction about a young man who must wrestle with his past and find the strength to pull free from the poisonous grip of hatred and abuse. [Publisher’s description.]
ISBN: 9780802776969 | Walker Childrens Books
“In this emotional page-turner, Myers expertly captures an era of poisonous racism while conveying the strong, true voice of a courageous young man.” — Booklist (starred review)
“A love interest, a wise and wily sheriff’s wife, and an airplane ride flesh out this gripping novel. . . . [T]his absorbing book is excellent for group discussions.” — School Library Journal
“Descriptions are poetic and vivid; the narrative is deep and soulful.” — Kirkus Reviews