Monkey Town

Monkey Town

The Summer of the Scopes Trial

For Ages: 11 and up
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The year is 1925 and Dayton, Tennessee, is the hottest and the sleepiest place on earth. That is, until the day fifteen-year-old Frances Robinson's dad has John Scopes arrested for teaching evolutionary theory in schools. Overnight, the world's most famous thinkers are flocking to Dayton to ask, "Are people really descended from monkeys?"

Suddenly everything Frances has ever believed about the world, her father, and truth seems like a lie. And worst of all, Johnny Scopes, her secret crush, is crumbling right beside her.
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  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442442115 | 
  • June 2011 | 
  • Grades 6 and up
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About the Author

Ronald Kidd
Photo Credit: A. Vincent Scarano

Ronald Kidd

Ronald Kidd is the author of the highly acclaimed Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial, as well as On Beale Street. His novels of adventure, comedy, and mystery have received the Children's Choice Award, an Edgar Award nomination, and honors from the American Library Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. He is a two-time O'Neill playwright who lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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