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  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547076592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547076591
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 7–10—With the camera that her mother's colleague gives her, 14-year-old Samantha records a portrait of life in Mississippi during the year 1962–1963. Perry teaches her how to use it and in many ways how to see. He also sets a powerful example through his activism and determination to do the right thing. Sam begins her freshman year somewhat unaware of the racial tensions that exist around her. By the end of the school year though, she becomes acutely aware of the situation, and she and her mother are directly impacted by those struggles. Sam's personal life has its own pressures as she and her mother cope with the loss of her father in Vietnam the previous year, Perry and her mom grow closer, and Sam meets a boy who seems to be at odds with her views on racial equality. McMullan's characters are authentic to the time and place. The themes come through naturally, as do the imagery and symbolism of the camera. Like many novels that have civil rights at the center of them, this is not an easy read, but it is worth the effort. McMullan's well-chosen words realistically portray the conflicts that Sam, her mother, and those around them face. The truths the teen learns are timeless, allowing readers to identify with her. Make room on your library shelves for this one.—Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY
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In 1962, 14-year-old Sam and her mother move from Pennsylvania to Jackson, Mississippi, a city on the edge of social upheaval as racial tensions come to a head. All Sam wants is to “live her life staying out the way,” but she finds that hard to do after her mother, an art professor, teaches a class at the local all-black college and becomes a target of white supremacist groups. Perry, her mother's photographer boyfriend, gives Sam a camera and the courage to record the sit-ins, voter registrations, and the violent rage provoked by peaceful protests. No one is demonized in this novel. McMullan, a Mississippi native, makes her characters complex, confused, and sympathetic. Most notably, Sam's love interest, Stone, seems decided in his racism and dangerous in his convictions; but his search for right is just as important as Sam's. In the end, readers will see the humanity of those on the wrong side of history, and may even feel compassion for them, too. Grades 5-8. --Courtney Jones

More About the Author

Margaret McMullan is the author of six award-winning novels including Sources of Light, In My Mother's House, Cashay, When I Crossed No-Bob, and How I Found the Strong. Margaret writes mostly fiction for both adults and young adults, and she is especially interested in how historical events affect ordinary people. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Southern Accents, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Mississippi Magazine, Other Voices, Boulevard, Ploughshares, and The Sun among others.

A recipient of a 2010 NEA Fellowship in literature and a 2010 Fulbright to teach at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, Margaret is currently a professor of English at the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana. Visit her website at: www.margaretmcmullan.com

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tina Says VINE VOICE on May 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan is a book that caught my eye at the library a few weeks ago. I was even more excited to see it make the Indie Bound Children's Book List for Summer 2010, giving me some reassurance that this would be a book I would enjoy.

Well, not only did I enjoy Sources of Light, but I will be highly recommending it, and it has left me with a little bit of a let down, not knowing how I can find something next that will measure up.

Set in 1962, Jackson, Mississippi, Sam and her mother are freshly transplanted there after her father's death in Vietnam. While Sam wants to fit in, her mother, who teaches art at the local college doesn't have any intention of blending in, and garners some attention when she speaks at a black institution. Sam and her mother start to receive threatening phone calls, their mailbox is set on fire, and several other warnings are sent to them to try and reign in their desire to help the civil rights movement. Perry, another professor at the college becomes a friend of theirs (eventually dating Sam's mom), and introduces Sam to photography. With her camera from Perry Sam is able to capture Mississippi at its best - and its worst. This is something that most people in Jackson aren't willing to accept or acknowledge at this point. Perry is also someone who wants to help blacks escape the racism they experience, and while he knows it's danger, he is unable to live his life as a bystander, allowing this to go on.

Eventually Sam gives up on trying to fit in with the popular crowd, no longer caring what Mary Alice McLemore wears or what she says. Stone McLemore, Mary Alice's older brother, asks Sam to the school dance, and the two begin a romance impeded by the Klan activities of Stone's father.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonia VINE VOICE on July 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This has been a great read and I highly recommend it for young adults everywhere. It's a story about Mississippi in the 1960s and the fight for segregation and how hate and racism affects all relationships, working, family, friendships, and community.

Samantha is 14 going on 15 and her after her dad dies in Vietnam, her mother accepts a teaching position in Mississippi. Samantha and her mom have different ideas about race, class, and segregation than the rest of Mississippi in 1962 tho and Samantha is about to find that out the hard way. After her mom goes to an African American college and gives a lecture, people begin attacking her mom in the papers, throwing stuff in their windows, and applying hateful graffiti to their front door. Samantha even witnesses the depths of southern hate right there in her local drug store while angry white men poor ketchup and drinks over the head of a young African American woman sitting at a counter. Samantha's school assignment is to do a report on the state of Mississippi and as she attempts to capture the state from behind a hand me down camera, racism and hate is all she sees.

On top of the race riots that seem to be going on right in her backyard, Samantha is also dealing with her first crush.. to a boy that may possibly be one of those angry white men. Will her personal beliefs take precedence over young love? She must also deal with a budding relationship between her mother and a young photographer.

Great novel. I only grew bored during one part. When Samantha visits her grandparents for Christmas... it really doesn't have much bearing on the rest of the tale... felt out of place. Otherwise, good tale and should be placed on children's summer reading lists this year.
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A Kid's Review on August 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
SPOILER ALERT (This review includes details about the ending). I loved the book, Sources of Light! It is set in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962 during the Civil Rights Movement. It is about a 14 year old white girl, Sam, who moves from the East Coast to Jackson with her mother, after her father is killed in the war. The story is from the point of view of Sam through her first year of school in Mississippi. Shortly after moving there, Sam's mother meets a photographer named Perry, who gives Sam her first camera. He explains to Sam that it is important to record things, to be a witness through the camera. Sam becomes friends with a wealthy boy named Stone McMullan, whose parents are racist against black people. While reading the book, I could not decide whether or not I liked Stone. At times I thought he agreed with his parents and hated black people, but other times he seemed nice and innocent.

During the story, many terrible things happen to black people in front of Sam that she hadn't realized were going on when she lived in Boston. During these things, Sam is constantly taking pictures with the camera Perry gave her. Sam's mother is a teacher and begins teaching black people at a local college. This is not allowed in Mississippi. After this, people start saying horrible things about Sam and her mother, and their friend, Perry. They help black people register to vote and Sam sees how horrible most of the white are to the black people and how unfair it is.

These people soon find out that Perry has been taking pictures of the terrible things happening to black people in Mississippi and he is taken out to the woods and beaten to death. During the beating, he has a tiny camera and takes photographs of the whole thing.
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