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Publication Order of The Sixties Trilogy Books

Publication Order of Aurora County Books

Love, Ruby Lavender (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Each Little Bird that Sings (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Aurora County All-Stars (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Hang the Moon (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Long Line of Cakes (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Freedom Summer (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Wide Sky (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Walk to the Sea (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Are All Under One Wide Sky (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Kent State (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bobby: A Story of Robert F. Kennedy (With: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Be Careful What You Wish For(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Deborah Wiles is an American published author of fiction also known for writing children’s books.

She was born on May 5, 1953, in Mobile, Alabama. She was part of an Air Force family and as result grew up in a small town in Mississippi. Her family was full of characters and they continue to inspire her today and find some place in her stories.

She has written several novels. Her debut fiction novel was Love, Ruby Lavender and it was published in 2001. She has had two of her books become finalists for the National Book Award, Each Little Bird That Sings and her novel Revolution.

She received the New Writer Award from Ezra Jack Keats for Freedom Summer, her picture book. She has gone on to be a finalist for the NAACP Book Award and the Jane Addams Peace Award. She has won the E.B. White Award and the Golden Kite Award. She also has received a working writer fellowship from PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Deborah attended Vermont College, graduating with her MFA in writing. She would teach in Maryland at Towson University about teachers and writing techniques until choosing to move to Atlanta back in 2004. She has participated in MFA programs as a teacher in places like Lesley University in Massachusetts and Vermont College. She continues to teach writing at residencies, conferences and workshops in North America and globally.

Wiles also wrote magazines that were published in different newspapers and magazines. She has also worked as a managing editor for magazines. She has come up with grant funded programs on oral history and facilitated them. She’s also held jobs like being the host of a radio program.

She also has published a variety of books for younger readers and their parents. Deborah was named Writer in Residence in the Thurber House, the first author of children’s books to receive the distinction. The Thurber House was the childhood home of James Thurber located in Columbus, Ohio.

Wiles has come up with picture books for younger kids that include One Wide Sky. The 2003 book was a selection for the Children’s Book of the Month Club. She also wrote the 2001 book Freedom Summer, which earned her a variety of awards.

Today Deborah resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is married to her husband Jim Pearce, who is a jazz pianist. They often write songs together. When she is home she likes to avoid traffic, go on hikes climbing Stone Mountain, and work on her gorgeous zinnias, as she grows some of the best zinnias in the world.

Deborah Wiles is the creator and writer of the Sixties Trilogy. This series of fictional novels started with the publication of the first novel Countdown in 2010. It was followed by the publication of the second novel, Revolution, in 2014. The third novel was published in 2019 and is titled Anthem.

Countdown is the first novel to come out of the Sixties Trilogy. If you are looking for a historical novel to read that you haven’t read yet, check out this book and see what you think!

The year is 1962. Everyone’s tensions are high and it seems as if the nation itself is in a state of fear. Main character Franny Chapman is just twelve years old. She lives in Washington, D.C., with the members of her family.

This story takes place in the days close to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The threat of a nuclear war breaking out is constant. In the middle of all of it, Franny has to deal with ordinary domestic struggles. She’s got to take on the tension that is going on with her younger brother and herself and figure out a way to diffuse it.

On top of that she wants to find her place in the family and really discover where it is that she fits in. She’s trying to go beyond the state of fear that everyone’s living in and try to do her best in her own life. The year may prove to be very formative for Americans as well as Franny.

Can she make something good out of the situation? Will she find that the world descends into a state of war? Read this compelling novel to find out!

Revolution is the second novel to be published in the Sixties Trilogy by Deborah Wiles. If you liked the first story in this series, be sure to check out the entertaining sequel!

The year is 1964, and things are a little strange. Sunny is a young woman and the main character of this story. It turns out that her town might be invaded. That’s what all the grown ups in Greenwood, Mississippi keep saying.

What Sunny does know is that the north is having people come down there to help the local people to register so that they can vote. It’s summer, and so maybe it’s appropriate that they’re naming it Freedom Summer.

But things are not all fine and dandy. Sunny’s town may or may not be invaded by strangers, but so is her house at the time. Everything about her family and her life has changed. She has a new brother and sister as well as stepmother in her life, and it’s getting crowded. So crowded that she feels like she doesn’t have any space of her own.

Things are about to get even more complex when she sneaks into the swimming pool of the town with her brother and they get caught. They also meet a strange boy. Little do they know that this mystery kid’s life might just end up getting mixed up with their own.

This is a story set in a specific place at a specific time that revolves around the children. So much of Sunny’s life is changing. Can she learn to embrace what is different and be flexible enough to accept her new life? Or will she find that she doesn’t like it and rebel against the changes? Can she stand up for what she wants? Read this book to find out!

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