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Young Adult Literature Circles: In the Neighborhood of True

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Book Summary

Goodreads Summary:

After her father’s death, Ruth Robb and her family transplant themselves in the summer of 1958 from New York City to Atlanta—the land of debutantes, sweet tea, and the Ku Klux Klan. In her new hometown, Ruth quickly figures out she can be Jewish or she can be popular, but she can’t be both. Eager to fit in with the blond girls in the “pastel posse,” Ruth decides to hide her religion. Before she knows it, she is falling for the handsome and charming Davis and sipping Cokes with him and his friends at the all-white, all-Christian Club.

Does it matter that Ruth’s mother makes her attend services at the local synagogue every week? Not as long as nobody outside her family knows the truth. At temple Ruth meets Max, who is serious and intense about the fight for social justice, and now she is caught between two worlds, two religions, and two boys. But when a violent hate crime brings the different parts of Ruth’s life into sharp conflict, she will have to choose between all she’s come to love about her new life and standing up for what she believes. 

Author Bio

Susan Carlton grew up in San Francisco and its suburbs, went to college in Portland, Oregon, and interned in the White House. From there, she got a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and worked in magazines—Self, Elle, Mademoiselle, and others. That may explain her perennial crush on polka dots, poodles, and vintage stores.

Carlton and her family live in Atlanta where they became members of a temple not so very different from the one in In the Neighborhood of True

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Other books by Susan Carlton include

  • Love and Haight
  • Lobster Land
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