About the Book
It’s 1964, and Sunny’s Mississippi town is full of Northerners who are coming to help people register to vote as part of the Freedom Summer. Meanwhile, Sunny has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. Sunny lives in a time when everyone is choosing sides, and kids must figure out how to stand up for themselves and fight for what’s right.
- What did you know about the civil rights movement before reading this book? What key things did you learn about it from reading Revolution?
- Why do the Freedom Fighters, Raymond, and many others purposefully put themselves in danger?
- In different circumstances do you think Raymond and Gillette would be friends? Explain.
- How are Annabelle, Raymond, Jo Ellen, and Sunny brave in different ways?
- The book explores true accounts of people important to the civil rights movement, including Bob Moses, Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Cassius Clay, and Polly Cowan and Dorothy Height. Which stories helped you to understand the civil rights movement more clearly? Explain.
- How does music help to set the tone of the events in the book? What songs would you include in a book about your lifetime?
- Why do you think some white people were so afraid of African Americans receiving equal rights?
- How do Sunny’s feelings toward Annabelle and Gillette change throughout the book?
- The importance of the events taking place around her lead Sunny to read the newspaper and follow current events. What current events do you think are important to learn more about?
- Have you ever seen anyone make unfair judgments about a person? What are some ways to get people to think differently?