Deborah Wiles

Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama and grew up in an Air Force family, moving many times but digging deep roots into the Mississippi soil of her extended family. She still travels “down South” today from her longtime home in Frederick, Maryland, where she lives with her family and works as a freelance writer. She also teaches writing and oral history workshops—sharing with children how all history is really biography, and how every person’s story is important. Freedom Summer is her first book.

Books by this Author

Friendship defies racism for two boys in this stirring story of the “Freedom Summer” that followed the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now in a 50th Anniversary Edition with a refreshed cover and a new introduction.John Henry swims better than anyone I know. He crawls like a catfish, blows bubbles like a swamp monster,but he doesn’t swim in the town pool with me.He’s not allowed. Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to be firemen, and they...