The Barnes and Noble Teen blog recently featured Dream Country in a post titled, “Our Most Anticipated Sophomore YA Novels of 2018: July to December,” by Dahlia Adler.
Adler wrote: “Dream Country, by Shannon Gibney (September 11)
Gibney’s See No Color tackled transracial adoption and the great American pastime, and she has somehow managed to step it up tenfold with her ambitious and beautiful followup, an intergenerational epic about five members of a Liberian family that traces its path across time and the Atlantic. It opens on Kollie, who has been living in the U.S. for almost a decade but is still keenly aware of the divide between the African students and the African American ones at his school, not to mention the white students and staff. It’s the African boys who constantly live under the parental threat of being sent back, and when Kollie gets into a fight at school, that’s exactly what happens. Though it isn’t Kollie we see in Liberia next, but his grandfather, Togar, in Grand Bassa County in 1926. The journey continues back through American slavery, repatriation, and Liberian colonization before coming full circle to the future, clawing your heart through the dirt all along the way. “