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Publisher's Summary

In a story rife with first love and the pain of growing up, master storyteller Ronald Kidd reincarnates the most enduring trial of the 20th century.

School is out in the summer of 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee. For Frances Robinson, a 15-year-old daydreamer with a crush on her teacher, John T. Scopes, summer vacation promises tennis and Coca-Colas from her father's drug store. But when Frances' father, the school board chairman, has Scopes arrested for teaching evolution, the sleepiest place on earth becomes a hotbed for famous thinkers, including H.L. Mencken, Clarence Darrow, and William Jennings Bryan.

Overnight, the world is flocking to Dayton to decide important questions: Are people really descended from monkeys? Does the theory of evolution have a place in biology class? As Frances sees the man she loves crumbling beside her, she begins to question her town, her neighbors, and the father she has always trusted.

©2006 Ronald Kidd (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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"Kidd's personal relationship with account witnesses and his talent for storytelling create a unique and heartfelt story...An excellent read and a wonderful piece of literature." (School Library Journal)

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  • bryan harris
  • 2020-09-23

Monkey scopes

Ok- even being a young adult novel- nice overview of a historical event from the eyes of a young girl living in out of the way Dayton Tn

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  • Rich Kolivoski
  • 2019-01-29

loved this book!

Found this to be totally engaging. Time flew by. Felt I was there in Dayton!