Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan

Over the past several years, quite a few books that focus on the 1960′s in the U.S. have come across my path.  I am still trying to wrap my brain around the violence and hatred that percolated–and often erupted–throughout our country during that decade.  Margaret McMullan’s Sources of Light is one story that you will want to add to your TBR pile and let transport you behind the dark shadows that fell across Jackson, Mississippi the summer of 1962.

Sam and her mother must make choices that will change the course of their lives.  Will Sam fall for the wrong sort of boy?  Will the girls ever accept her with her hand-me-down clothes?  Will she ever understand the anger and hatred confronting the lunch-counter sit-ins and voter registration drives?  Then a gift of a camera opens up the world in a new way for Sam.  As she clicks the shutter and develops the pictures, she reveals truths that not every one is ready to see.

20 Comments on Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan

  1. CarissaK
    August 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm (2 years ago)

    This book sounds really good. I really want to read it.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      August 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm (2 years ago)

      I hope you like it, too. There should be lots of copies around since it is a Young Hoosier book this year.

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  2. Kaleb s
    August 21, 2012 at 9:08 am (2 years ago)

    I plan to read this book someday

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      August 21, 2012 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

      I hope you like it! There should be plenty of copies around since it is a Young Hoosier book this year.

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  3. sydney b.
    August 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I feel like I read to much some times.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      August 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm (2 years ago)

      Can you really read too much? Okay, maybe if you refuse to feed your family or if you don’t do your homework, you might read too much. Enjoy those books and magazines and everything else you read!

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  4. Courtney D.
    August 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds like a good book. What makes it sound better is that it doesn’t seem as if the author over thought it too much, like a lot of them do. I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone but me, though…

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      August 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm (2 years ago)

      Margaret McMullan does give you a lot to think about in this book, but she doesn’t hit you over the head with with. Instead, the story just sneaks into your head and heart. I hope you like it.

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  5. Dakota s.
    August 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Good book.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      August 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Dakota,
      Have you read it yet?

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  6. noah g.
    August 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm (2 years ago)

    looks likes a great book can’t wait to read it.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      August 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm (2 years ago)

      I enjoyed it. Even though I’ve read other books set it the 1960′s, it still surprises me how violent it was. It must have been scary to live through it all. Not only were people fighting over integration, but everyone was scared of the Soviet Union dropping a nuclear bomb on the US.

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  7. Ashley P.
    August 17, 2012 at 10:32 am (2 years ago)

    It sounds like a very good and entertaining book to read.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      August 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm (2 years ago)

      I hope you like it! Do you take pictures like Sam in the book does?

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  8. Avis M.
    August 17, 2012 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

    For as much as you read, book worm would be an understatement!

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      August 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m a proud bookworm–and a member of the Nerdy Book Club! My evil plan is to turn my students into bookworms, too!

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      • Avis M
        August 21, 2012 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

        I’ve always wanted to be a bokworm and play in the pages as dirt!

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        • Mrs. McGriff
          August 21, 2012 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

          Now that sounds like a fun idea for a poem!

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  9. Garrett m.
    August 17, 2012 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

    You read alot almost to much.

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    • Mrs. McGriff
      August 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm (2 years ago)

      No! How can anyone read too much?

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