A Season of Change
Along the Virginia shoreline where their families have lived for generations, Buck and Tunes Smith defy tradition. Raised together like brother and sister, they are bound by surname, but not by skin color. And just as Buck has come to rely on Tunes, Tunes has come to trust that even in a place where race can mean so much, their friendship will remain as dependable as the tides.
But then the horrifying events of one spring afternoon tear them apart -- and change their world forever. Desperate to hang on to the thing that he values most, Buck struggles to uphold their friendship -- without realizing that his efforts are pushing Tunes farther and farther away.
From a Newbury Honor -- winning author, this is a powerfully moving story of friendship in the face of racism, and betrayal in the name of loyalty.
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Dangerous Skies is the story of a friendship that takes root among the grasses and mud flats of the back creeks of the Chesapeake Bay. Buck Smith is descended from the settlers who came from England in the 1700s to farm Virginia's Eastern Shore, Tunes Smith from the slaves who were brought from Africa to work the Smiths' farm. They were raised together from infancy; their friendship is as true and constant as the tides. But as they have grown older, the adults around them have become more watchful, and even though Buck resists the inevitable tug of change in their lives, some changes, like the seasons, cannot be stopped. Then the sudden and horrifying events of a spring afternoon change their world forever.
Told with unsparing honesty and affection, this gripping tale of betrayal will break the listener's heart as it confronts issues of racism and hypocrisy that have plagued our country throughout its history.About the Author:
Suzanne Fisher Staples is the author of Shabanu, winner of a 1990 Newbery Honor and Haveli. Both were ALA Notable Books and ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She has been a UPI foreign correspondent posted in Pakistan, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, and India, and now lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0374316945