Monkey Town

The Summer of the Scopes Trial

By Kidd, Ronald

Publishers Summary:
In a story rife with first love and the pain of growing up, master storyteller Ronald Kidd reincarnates the most enduring trial of the twentieth century.School is out in the summer of 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee. For Frances Robinson, a fifteen-year-old daydreamer with a crush on her teacher, John T. Scopes, summer vacation promises tennis, and Coca-Colas from her father's drug store. But when Frances's father, the school board chairman, has Scopes arrested for teaching evolution, the sleepiest place on earth becomes a hotbed for famous thinkers, including H. L. Mencken, Clarence Darrow, and William Jennings Bryan. Overnight the world is flocking to Dayton to decide: Are people really descended from monkeys? Does the theory of evolution have a place in biology class? As Frances sees the man she loves crumbling beside her, she begins to question her town, her neighbors, and the father she has always trusted.Readers will devour this colorful yet tender story -- reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird -- told from the perspective of a young girl as she evolves into a woman.

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ISBN
978-1-41690-572-1
Publisher
Simon


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2006

Gr 6-Up The summer of 1925 is one that 15-year-old Frances will always remember. Her small town of Dayton, TN, suddenly grabs worldwide attention when local teacher Johnny Scopes becomes the victim of an enormous publicity stunt that her father has helped to instigate. Scopes, who is also Frances -s friend and -secret crush, - is arrested and put on trial for teaching evolution from a school-approved textbook purchased in Frances -s father -s drugstor...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2006

In 1925, in Dayton, Tennessee, science and faith went head-to-head, with the whole nation watching. Against the backdrop of the Scopes trial, fifteen-year-old Frances Robinson undergoes her own internal struggle. Frances loves her father, who, as chairman of the school board and prominent businessman, is at the center of everything. She also has a serious crush on the handsome new coach/biology teacher, John T. Scopes. Whe...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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