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Kent State by Deborah Wiles – Book Review

 

Title: Kent State
Author: Deborah Wiles
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: April 21, 2020

Kent State retells the story of the events surrounding the infamous clash between student demonstrators protesting the Vietnam War and the National Guard at Kent State in Ohio. The time period’s complex history still evokes visceral responses from people to this day, and Deborah Wiles’ retelling through verse does the same. Wiles weaves multiple narratives together using conversational and sometimes confrontational voices told from the perspective of participants and obser