White Lilacs

White Lilacs

by Carolyn Meyer
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White Lilacs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you heard about the Civil Rights Movement? If you have, then you could make some connections between that and White Lilacs by Carolyn Meyer. White Lilacs is about a twelve year old African American girl, overhearing some white women discussing moving the blacks out of Freedomtown into a junky, gross-smelling place so the whites will have yet another park. Her friends, and her family, are being forced to leave Freedomtown, Texas by the white people of the town of Dillon, due to their race. The K.K.K. (or Ku Klux Klan) burn a cross in front of their church when they refuse to leave. Then they burn down the schoolhouse so they can't have school. The blacks are trying to fight back, but will it work? Will they be able to fight for what's right and get to stay where they have always lived? Or will they just give up and live their lives in misery?

Rose Lee is very brave. She is thoughtful, shy, loyal, and adventurous. She is a tall African American, has brown hair, and is only twelve years old when Poppa tells her to spy on the white people. Father to Rose Lee, Poppa, is very proud, serious, and loyal. He is a very tall and muscular man, and is very informational. He tells Rose Lee to spy on Mrs. Bell who happens to be the one woman he despises the most. She is causing the move of blacks from Freedomtown. Mrs. Bell is a very rich, stuck-up, snooty woman. Her blonde hair, blue eyes, and thin body are always up to no good. Momma, Grandpa Jim, Henry, Catherine Jane, and Aunt Tillie are just a few of the supporting characters, also fighting for their right to live in Freedomtown.

White Lilacs is an amazing book. I liked that I could read it with no problems, and it always kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I loved how all of the characters are different, have their own opinions, and their own talents. I liked how the words were very descriptive, and I could understand them. There aren't any huge twists, or remakes of other stories, so this one is unique. If I had to rate this book on a scale of one to ten, I would give it an eleven. It is a very good book and I recommend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was great! The friendships in the book were wonderful and so were the characters. There was a good plot too. I read this book and I would read it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved white lilacs. it had a great selection of words and it had a wonderful plot. I read it twice
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great book about african-americans and about there rights. This girl lives in the town Dilon and is about to have to move because whites want to make there town a park. It is about her life and what she has to go through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i had to read this book for a book report this year in 9th grade. i really liked it. i dont like to read much because i dont follow what i am reading, but this book made sense and i followed it clearly. it made you think about how lucky you really are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this when i was in 6th grade i luved it and i was just thinking about it and im gonna buy it and read it a million times more i have no clue y but i really thought this was a really good book i think im into the kinda stuff that is in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Although I am only in 8th grade, I had to read this book for school and totally fell in love with the charecters. I came to Barns & Noble.com because i was looking for books by the same author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very intersetng in the fact that it is about afro-americans from the past! I enjoy those types of books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good for people that like to read about black history! If you have not read it yet, try it and join in on the magic!***** five stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rose Lee's story of her life in and out of Freedomtown is one that clearly demonstrates the struggles of the African-Americans during the early 1900's. Rose Lee's love for her home, her town, her freedom is tainted by the fact that though slavery has ended, the whites are still in control of their lives. The author carefully weaves strong African figures into the story, as well as those who are too tired or too afraid to be strong themselves. Meyer also includes a few passionate, sympathetic whites who also show their strength in their support of equallity for ALL men. What I liked most is that the author was able to give the readers a real idea of the characters' strife, without resulting to graphic and frightening events. The readers are told enough to know the situation, but the story does not become grotesque.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a good book, very sad, but too true. it tells about doings of the kkk, and other segregation- related happeneings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My English Class read this book as well as I, and White Lilacs just didn't bloom at all. Rose Lee is a character from Freedomtown. She and the other black people in the city trie to elude the people who want to tear Freedomtown down. The book starts out slow. The pace picks up faster towrds the middle, but is boring at the end.