Ringside 1925
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Ringside 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial
(verse novel)
written by Jen Bryant
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2008
ISBN 978-0-375-84047-0 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-440-42189-4 (paperback)

The year is 1925, and the students of Dayton, Tennessee, are ready for a summer of fishing, swimming, some working, and drinking root beer floats at Robinson’s Drugstore. But when their science teacher, J. T. Scopes, is arrested for having taught Darwin’s theory of evolution in class, it seems it won’t be just any ordinary summer in Dayton.

As Scopes’ trial proceeds, the small town is faced with astonishing, nationwide publicity: reporters, lawyers, scientists, religious leaders, and tourists. But amidst the circus-like atmosphere is a threatening sense of tension–not only in the courtroom, but among even the strongest of friends. This compelling novel in poems chronicles a controversy with a profound impact on science and culture in America—and one that continues to this day.

Awards and Honors
NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts 2009
Oprah’s Recommended Reading List
for ages 12 & up

Scopes Trial Museum
UMKC professor Doug O. Linder’s page

Teacher's Guide
Download this guide from the Random House website

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