February's Best YA of the Month spotlight pick is a historical novel I can't stop recommending--Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham. The narrative alternates between two teenagers, William Tillman in the days leading up to the Tulsa, Oklahoma race riots of 1921, and Rowan Chase, living in modern day Tulsa.
When construction workers uncover a skeleton in the back house of Rowan's family home she finds herself investigating a murder and learning for the first time a lot of less-than-pleasant facts about what happened in her town long before she was born. Will's perspective is harrowing and visceral, and both young people come to difficult realizations about racism, justice, and what role they, as individuals, will play in it all. An incredibly powerful read that I hope to see again when next year's award season rolls around...
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