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Painting the Rainbow

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Painting the Rainbow

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. -   Dr. Seuss
 
During the summer of 1965, 13-year-old cousins Ivy and Holly looked forward to spending another summer family vacation together at Otter Lake, their grandparents’ estate in New Hampshire. However, when they get there, they realize that their interests have changed as they’ve gotten older. But something unexpected draws them closer together again--- they find clues about a deceased uncle that older family members are reticent to discuss, and unraveling the mystery not only affects their family, but also reveals truths about themselves.
 
Painting the Rainbow offers young adult readers a stark reminder that history is much more than just a collection of facts and figures.
 
In this coming-of-age story, Gordon uses split narratives that run concurrently in the form of diary entries and storytelling about two teens growing up during turbulent times in American history. Gordon has creatively highlighted the wars of the first half of the 20th century in snippets (with all their racial tension, patriotic idealism and the conscientious decision of people who fought for justice), and then intricately merged their combined effects upon one family tree.
 
Award-winning author Gordon has written a heart wrenching and poignant novel about the dynamics of family life in the midst of tragedy. Though clearly a work of fiction, Painting the Rainbow offers young adult readers a stark reminder that history is much more than just a collection of facts and figures.

Reviewed by Anita Lock on March 12, 2014

Painting the Rainbow
by Amy Gordon

  • Publication Date: March 14, 2014
  • Genres: Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House
  • ISBN-10: 0823425258
  • ISBN-13: 9780823425259