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The New Frontier
The New Frontier

The New Frontier

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YOUNG ADULT FICTION

260 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: May 2024

ISBN 9781951122874

Rights: WOR

Artemesia Publishing, LLC (May 2024)

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Overview

When you are a Black family in 1961 Los Angeles, how do you protect your white neighbors from a real-life bogeyman living in their midst?

"For the very first time my dark skin felt uncomfortable on my body."

The Coles are a Black family from a small southern town who are trying to reap the golden harvest of jobs and a better lifestyle that Los Angeles, California proclaims during the era of President Kennedy's "New Frontier". When these pioneers move to an all-white neighborhood, they discover that their kind is not welcome. Poignant and humorous, this coming-of-age story is narrated by 12-year-old Samuel Scott Cole whose innocent and imaginative observations impart how this life-changing event affects him and his parents.

Before moving Samuel lived in a neighborhood where skin color didn't matter, a place where kids played cowboys and Indians, competed in lunch pail wars, and talked about werewolves, molemen, vampires, and the bogeyman. Samuel doesn't fit in to this new community and is being ostracized and facing bigotry. Through it all Samuel manages to make one true friend he can rely on. The two unexpectedly encounter a real-life bogeyman and murderer who lurks within the neighborhood.

Reviews

"The New Frontier is an essential read. Wayne L. Wilson doesn’t just tell a story; he invites you into it, urging you to witness the literal and metaphorical fires that forge the strength of the human spirit." —Pacific Book Review

"Powerful novel of racial division in 1960s America, bursting with heart." — Booklife Review

"Libraries seeking fictional examples of racism in America’s history would do well to add The New Frontier to their libraries and recommended reading lists." — Donavan's Bookshelf Review

Author Biography

Wayne L. Wilson, has authored novels, screenplays, PSAs, memoirs, biographies, history books, college textbooks, and books for children and young adults. Furthermore, he’s been a ghostwriter for various books and publications. Wilson received a MA in Education from UCLA and a BA in Sociology from UCSB. Prior to becoming an established writer he owned a manufacturing company that published innovative multicultural greeting cards and related gift items. Wilson is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America. When he’s not writing Wayne is usually found playing with his German Shepherd, Koda.