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By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Ambitious story of teens' eye-opening road trip in 1969.

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Deborah Wiles' Sixties Trilogy finale successfully gives readers the deer-in-the-headlights feeling of being a Southern suburban teen in 1969 bombarded with new perspectives and cultural change. Anthem is packed with collages of news stories and visuals, dysfunctional family dramas, tons of detail about music of the era (each chapter starts with a credits listing for a song, and paragraphs are devoted to the fine points of cymbals), and an unlikely parade of legendary figures like Duane Allman and Elvis Presley met along the way. It's all a bit much, and somewhat less than the sum of its parts. But readers with a strong interest in one of those parts, such as the Vietnam War, hippie culture, Vietnam vets, civil rights, and/or '60s rock will find plenty to keep them reading.

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