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Bright Lights, Dark Nights
by Stephen Emond


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A story about first love, first fights, and finding yourself in a messed up world, from Stephen Emond, acclaimed author of "Happyface."

Walter Wilcox has never been in love. That is, until he meets Naomi, and sparks, and clever jokes, fly.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A story about first love, first fights, and finding yourself in a messed up world, from Stephen Emond, acclaimed author of "Happyface."

Walter Wilcox has never been in love. That is, until he meets Naomi, and sparks, and clever jokes, fly. But when his cop dad is caught in a racial profiling scandal, Walter and Naomi, who is African American, are called out at school, home, and online. Can their bond (and mutual love of the Foo Fighters) keep them together?

With black-and-white illustrations throughout and a heartfelt, humorous voice, "Bright Lights, Dark Nights" authentically captures just how tough first love can be...and why it's worth fighting for.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781626722064
  • ISBN-10: 1626722064
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 384
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-18
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

Walter lives with his father in an apartment in a dangerous part of the city. When his father—a white police officer—arrests an African-American teen, claiming he matches the description of a burglar who robbed and assaulted his neighbor, Walter’s father quickly finds himself at the center of a racial controversy. Walter, who hates fighting and conflict, tries to stay uninvolved, even after a stolen picture of him kissing his new girlfriend Naomi, who is black, appears on Facebook, along with strangers making comments about their relationship. He soon learns he cannot keep his feelings bottled up inside and must figure out what it means to fight. Emond raises difficult questions about racism, crime, and civil rights, without promising or providing easy answers. As in Happyface and Winter Town, illustrations share part of the storytelling weight; Emond’s stark b&w imagery, mostly cityscapes and neighborhood scenes, dovetails with Walter’s interest in comic books and noir films, while underscoring his idea of the city as a “mood ring,” reflecting what one brings to it. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kirby Kim, Janklow & Nesbit. (Aug.)

 
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