It's a blaring 1968 in Bedlam, Ohio. When a warehouse in the small town burns down, a mystery unfolds. Fifteen-year old Shine Ross is a white, basketball-playing, trumpet-playing teen living in the residentially divided community. Along with his black best friend, Moondog, Shine pursues his flimsy instincts as to who set fire to the Empire.
In the flamboyant and period-rich YA novel, Shine out of Bedlam, the lightening-rod American spectacle known as the '60s soars in its shadows and light. At the center are youth and adults afloat in their ambitions and free-spirit. Shine navigates romance, racial drama, and his own family hang-ups. Even as the country searches for its identity, the factory town of Bedlam and its teens do the same. And find they must. Shine's fearlessness reaches full-tilt as he ramps up the search for a lost, prized, Amazon parrot; nails his train-hopping into an art form; plays trumpet (underage) in a local nightspot; and keeps alive his budding relationship with a girl he's known since first grade, even if it means getting rid of his Band-Aid box of cigarettes. It's all a frenzied and often darkly comic mix with a carefree boy at its center.
What do you do if you're Shine Ross in such a place? You face bedlam head on and keep living.
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