Genre: Historical / Novel in Verse / Literary Fiction Publisher: Lamar University Literary Press
Date of Publication: April 2, 2019
Number of Pages: 196
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ON WINGS OF SILENCE is the story of seventeen-year-old Diana Green, who travels from Texas to Mexico City searching for adventure, freedom, and romance. She finds all three. Then Diana’s first love Guillermo vanishes during the revolutionary chaos prior to the ’68 Olympics. Heartbroken, she searches for the truth about his disappearance. As police track, threaten, and abuse those who ask questions, she refuses to be silenced and risks becoming one of the missing. Based on real events, ON WINGS OF SILENCE uses historical details to bring to life the horror of the Tlatelolco Massacre, presented through the eyes of a young woman readers will care about and admire.
“This incredible story…is told in a masterful way that engages the reader with its protagonist and the other characters from the start. They are authentic. We know people like them and we care what happens to them. In Fox’s clear voice, mystery, romance and suspense build steadily to the end. Pitched toward young adult readers, this is a good read for any age.” — Dianne Logan
If You Don’t Know How to Do Something, Ask a Fifth Grader
By Dede Fox
Wanderlust must run in the family because my daughter’s family has lived in Taipei, Taiwan for more than three years. That’s eight thousand miles away and a sixteen-hour nonstop flight from Houston, as I frequently remind my daughter. No surprise then that time with my granddaughters, ages eight and eleven, is very precious.
Among their visits to eleven countries in Asia, they squeezed in a February visit to Grandma’s in Texas. Before their flight home, we had a window of a couple of hours, during which my fifth-grade granddaughter Charlotte helped me make a book trailer. It’s true that if you don’t know how to do something (or don’t own an iPad), ask a fifth grader for help. They are the smartest. Thanks, Charlotte, for the following book trailer, which highlights the statue of the Roman goddess Diana the Huntress that once stood at the gates to Chapultepec Park.
Dede Fox is the 2017-2022 Poet Laureate of Montgomery, Texas. Since 2016, she has been the NEA/DOJ Artist-in-Residence at the Bryan Federal Prison Camp for Women, where she teaches creative writing. Through Houston’s Writers in the Schools, Dede also writes with hematology and oncology patients at Texas Children’s Hospital.
The Treasure in the Tiny Blue Tin, Dede’s first novel, was listed in the 2010 Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens. Her poetry books include Confessions of a Jewish Texan and Postcards Home. Dede’s poem “Chapultepec Park: September 25, 1968,” the catalyst for this novel, won the Christina Sergeyevna Award at the Austin International Poetry Festival.
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