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Riot
     

Riot

by Mary Casanova
 

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Based on actual events from 1989 in International Falls, Minnesota, Riot tells the story of sixth-grader Bryan, whose family becomes stressed when nonunion labor “rats” are hired by the local paper mill, leaving his father, a union worker, angry and out of a job. Tension erupts into daily fights at school and nightly acts of vandalism with no solution

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Based on actual events from 1989 in International Falls, Minnesota, Riot tells the story of sixth-grader Bryan, whose family becomes stressed when nonunion labor “rats” are hired by the local paper mill, leaving his father, a union worker, angry and out of a job. Tension erupts into daily fights at school and nightly acts of vandalism with no solution in sight. Already torn between his parents’ opposing viewpoints on how to handle the escalating situation, Bryan’s growing feelings for the daughter of a nonunion worker only complicate matters.

Bryan tries to understand the turmoil affecting his home and his town, but it is becomes harder and harder to separate his friends from his enemies. And when he witnesses a violent act that implicates his father, he must wrestle with family loyalty and telling the truth.

Editorial Reviews

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 "The gripping story of a Minnesota milling town ripped apart by tension and violence"
Booklist

 "Casanova has created an exciting, realistic novel."
School Library Journal

Children's Literature - C. Dennette Michaels
Through the voice of Bryan, the young teen protagonist, Casanova describes violence-domestic and union. She delivers an exposition on the history of the labor movement and the issues relating to the environmental impact of a paper mill. But that isn't all, she also reveals the tensions found in the complex relationships of marriage with children and has created a pair of parents who embody the opposites of violence and non-violence. Wow!. No pedantic answers, just drama to be experienced. It may have been more helpful to have the author's note at the beginning of the book rather than at the end, nevertheless, I'd like to have all literate America find and read this book.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7Tension mounts in Blue Ash, MN, when a nonunion company moves in and takes over the jobs of resident union workers. Byran Grant's father is one of the misplaced employees and the stress spills over into his family's life. Sixth-grader Byran tries to understand the situation, the feelings of the newcomers, and his father's hateful attitudes. Only when vandalism and eventual all-out confrontation leads to the boy's father's arrest do the key players realize that other solutions might be possible. Casanova has created an exciting, realistic novel. Discussion lovers will have a field day debating the strengths of the issues and the people involved. Characters sustain the mood of the fast-paced story. Bryan serves as a model for family loyalty yet remains true to his own thinking as well. For reading aloud or enjoying as a coming-of-age story, Riot has a place on library shelves and in social-studies curriculum literature.Cheryl Cufari, Glencliff Elementary School, Niskayuna, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816692095
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
12/18/2013
Series:
Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Casanova is the author of more than thirty books for young readers, ranging from picture books to novels, including Frozen (Minnesota, 2012).

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