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    I liked it, but this is absolutelycoming of age story than a great depiction of the trial it IS YA, so the trial is the backdrop for the last childhood summer of Fran If you re looking for a good examination of the actual TRIAL, please read the wonderful play, Inherit the Wind instead This is a good introduction to the idea of Creationism.vs Evolution, though, and I can see myself using this text in my future Ethics classes for 9th graders Jen from Quebec 0


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    Dayton is a sleepy little town nestled in the mountains of Tennessee It is long across and about two miles wide Despite being the home of Bryan College, a school with over 800 students from around the world, it clings persistently to its small town feel The local librarians know the gossip on almost everyone and a trip to Wal Mart inevitably becomes a socializing experience The big cities of Hixson and Chattanooga offer malls, movie theaters, and museums when local entertainment proves un Dayton is a sleepy little town nestled in the mountains of Tennessee It is long across and about two miles wide Despite being the home of Bryan College, a school with over 800 students from around the world, it clings persistently to its small town feel The local librarians know the gossip on almost everyone and a trip to Wal Mart inevitably becomes a socializing experience The big cities of Hixson and Chattanooga offer malls, movie theaters, and museums when local entertainment proves uninspiring McDonalds is the hot spot for post prom parties and live gospel music on Thursday nights It is the sort of community where moonshine making, tobacco chewing, Confederate flag flying teens park next to tiny, wrinkled old ladies who live in tumbled down houses and thoughtfully recall their graduation from Bryan College, fifty years ago People tend to come to Dayton and just never leave Local attractions include Harmony House an adorable little cafe that grinds its own coffee and closes at six o clock on weekdays and SnowBiz I heartily recommend the Bryan Lion with cream, best snow cone I ve ever had Overall, it is your typical little Tennessee town that probably would have disappeared years ago if it weren t for one very important event In 1925, the community leaders of Dayton decided to host the debate of the century in a court room The Scopes Trial fired the evolution v creation debate in the United States and brought national attention to one tiny little town Though relatively forgotten by most of the world, Dayton persistently clings to the memory of that momentous summer The novelMonkey Town The Summer of the Scopes Trial by Ronald Kidd reviews the beginning and events of the trial through the eyes of a fifteen year old girl It is a coming of age novel about the struggles of learning, growing, and first love Frances Robinson attends Rhea County High school and works at her Dad s drugstore She also is madly in love with her teacher, John T Scopes She wears her hair short, plays the piano, and believes her Dad in infallible That is, until the city leaders cook up a plan to put Dayton on the map and Scopes on the witness stand Suddenly, Dayton is submerged with sneering reporters, fast talking preachers, and monkeys dressed in suits Quaint Dayton is suddenly Monkey Town , the laughing stock of the U.S She discovers that maybe her Dad isn t so honest and begins to doubt the truth of the Bible After all, if scientist say it is inaccurate, could the Scriptures really be true And can a town be good when it puts a man on trial for publicityMonkey Town surprised me It is a well written book The writing style is enjoyable for its intended teenage audience and Kidd does a good job representing the trial He portrays the town and people of Dayton kindly and, I think, fairly In fact, if the book stuck to the trial, it might have been really good But Kidd attempts a coming of age story in his rendition of the trial, something in the flavor ofTo Kill A Mockingbird, and that is where he goes wrong It is not necessarily in how he forms Francis s transformation, but in the rather pulled together way he does it The first problem is Francis s crush on John Scopes While a teenage girl probably would like her handsome young teacher, Kidd has obviously never been a fifteen year old girl with a crush She s so logical about it Maybe two or three times, she pictures their future together and spends a few paragraphs contemplating their coming lives, throws in a sentence or two about his blond hair, but otherwise seems to set her crush aside in watching the preceding She doesn t seem to upset about his leaving for the summer, or for forever She allows annoying, nagging worries to puzzle her about how they were ruining him as a man allowing for convenient conversations and thought monologues about truth and goodness and the Bible None of them are that compelling.The second problem with the book is that Francis is, frankly, an unreliable narrator What I mean by that is, despite Kidd s generally fair coverage of the situation, there is an inherent bias neatly hidden in Francis s coming of age She s one of them a person of Dayton, a Christian but because of her love of Scopes, doubts And because she doubts she sees the truth Well, so we re led to believe By the end, Francis has pondered the deep issues of life and come to her own satisfying conclusions Excuse me if I am skeptical of how easy it all is What makes a book likeTo Kill A Mockingbird great Scout, while growing up, realizes she doesn t have all the answers and that adulthood is a lot harder than it looks Not so with Francis Francis tells her Father she believes a little of Christianity and a little of evolution and is quite satisfied with that She makes up with her friend, fixes her relationship with her family by standing firm on her new beliefs, and ponders the complexity of people when considering the journalist H.L Mencken The Francis we are introduced to at the beginning of the book has a shallow faith and an innocent outlook on life Her struggle to let go of her comfortable blanket of truths like, the Bible being infallible is hardly a struggle, and by the end, Francis has simply switched her beliefs to another un proven and rather shallow stance There is something trite about Francis s coming of age Perhaps the problem isMonkey Town tries to reveal truths about life and growing up, but only manages to make it half way In many ways, Dayton hasn t changed much since 1925 The courthouse now has a statue of William Jennings Bryan out front and a war memorial where anxious reporters once stood Wal Mart has replaced Robinson s Drug store but Baylor High school is still Rhea County s rival There is one important difference though Something that might have benefited fifteen year old Frances Robinson a great deal, and actually did change the real Francis Robinson s life It s a school on a hill, a school built at the recommendation of William Jennings Bryan Now, I admit, I m a little partial to Bryan College I go there I live in a dorm called Robinson, named after the F.E Robinson, the real Francis Robinson s Father But William Jennings Bryan, and the men who founded what was originally known as William Jennings Bryan University, realized that the Scopes Trials wasthan a publicity stunt It wasthan a bunch of southern hicks putting a biology teacher on trial for teaching against the beliefs of the Bible Belt It wasthan trying a law on the Tennessee books The Scopes Trial was a clash of ideologies Not all Christians were or are the fickle, rather shallow, people presented in this book They sought Truth and defense of the Truth Monkey Town is not a book I would go out of my way to recommend It was, frankly, a good attempt at something deep that concluded weakly It is well written and a book teenagers will appreciate But it is not excellent It is accurate in a factual way, but missing when it comes to several key elements about those who hosted the trial and why they did it It is, simply, a nice book that misses the point


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    The book Monkey Town by Ronald Kidd portrays an all American, Christian town that goes through a giant change The book follows a girl named Frances Robinson living in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee Frances has always lived by the rules of the church and the beliefs of her father, but when a large, attention hogging, publicity filled trial sweeps through town, everything that she has ever known is challenged The book shadows the famous Scopes Monkey Trial, showing how it affected the coun The book Monkey Town by Ronald Kidd portrays an all American, Christian town that goes through a giant change The book follows a girl named Frances Robinson living in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee Frances has always lived by the rules of the church and the beliefs of her father, but when a large, attention hogging, publicity filled trial sweeps through town, everything that she has ever known is challenged The book shadows the famous Scopes Monkey Trial, showing how it affected the country and the families within it I believe that the message of this book is that change is good, and that even though keeping traditional ways and beliefs are important, bringing in new ones is what propels our world forward Even though this book had simple writing, I enjoyed because the simplicity of the writing was balanced by the complexity of the story Ronald Kidd forced the reader to experience the feelings of a girl developing thoughts for herself, a very puzzling thing


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    Brings up the question of Creation vs Evolution but the book doesn t take a stand either way The ending is very anti climatic.


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    The CharactersIn the book Monkey Town, we get to see many different characters from many different backgrounds There are some like Francis, that are just teens and then there are some like Henry Louis, who are just old and grumpy My favorite character would have to be Francis, who can be very funny sometimes without realizing it This is shown at the start of the book when she is comparing herself with Johnny, Mama, I m fifteen and he s twenty four We re practically the same age Kidd 4 H The CharactersIn the book Monkey Town, we get to see many different characters from many different backgrounds There are some like Francis, that are just teens and then there are some like Henry Louis, who are just old and grumpy My favorite character would have to be Francis, who can be very funny sometimes without realizing it This is shown at the start of the book when she is comparing herself with Johnny, Mama, I m fifteen and he s twenty four We re practically the same age Kidd 4 However, my least favorite character would have to be Darrow because when he was first introduced into the book other characters described as this kind of win every time defense attorney But at the end of the trial, he said that Johnny would plead guilty just so Darrow could getpublicity when they appealed to the higher courts.The PlotThe plot of this book was based mostly on the progress of the trial of John Scopes The book starts in the summer when Johnny is first arrested for teaching evolution in biology class this was considered bad at the time, unlike now As it grew closer to the trial things got worse in Dayton, TN where the trial was taking place Once the trial had officially started, so many people were in the courtroom that after a few days they had to move it outside so the courthouse didn t collapse Right before the end of the trial the worst thing in the book happened, Judge Raulston wouldn t let Johnny s best chance at winning to testify The Writing Style Language The language in the book at times can be very scientific Kidd uses words like agnostic and atheist to describe the people who believed in evolution The writing style Kidd used in the book contained a lot of foreshadowing like, The drug store Now isn t that a coincidence Kidd 163 Kidd also used things like flashing forward and onomatopoeia to make the storyinteresting His writing style makes it so that when the person is reading not only can they picture what the characters look like but makes it feel like your actually in the story.Social Justice Theme The social justice theme of the book was, don t be mean to people who don t believe in the religion as you The book does a good job of showing why you shouldn t be mean to others just because they have different views on one thing Kidd shows that everyone is the same in the long run and there should be no reason why you should be mean to someone because we are all just monkeys The embodiment of this is Johnny, who was a teacher that had taught evolution, got arrested so nobody wanted him around them After the trial, everyone wanted him to work for them because they saw he was human just like everyone else.Comparing and Contrasting to To Kill A Mocking Bird This book has a lot in common with To Kill A Mocking Bird The books are both narrated by girls, Francis and Scout The book is based around a trial, Johnny s and Tom Robinson s convictions The main characters make an unlikely friend both Boo Radley and H L Mencken They only take place about ten years apart To Kill A Mocking Bird took place during the Jim Crow Laws and Monkey Town took place during the prohibition era There is not much that makes them different other than the place they occur in and what the trial was about To Kill A Mocking Bird is set in Alabama while Monkey Town takes place in Tennessee, which are boarding states The Tom Robinson trial was about accused rape and the John Scopes trial was about teaching evolution Connection to The Real World Even today, there are still people being punished for laws based on religion Examples of this include women being treated as property in the Middle East or not being able to wear their hijab while playing sports Also, immigrants trying to enter the United States and being separated from their children when they cross the border The book has characters that are real people, like H L Menken who was really a journalist for the Balti Sun Evolution is taught today in school, so this is an example of a law that no longer exists


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    The Characters The way this book brings in the characters is great We meet the family of the main character right away and get to know who they are and what they do We meet other characters pretty quickly, too The way the author brings in these characters throughout the book shows us how the main character thinks, like at the beginning of the book the author wrote His name was John Thomas Scopes, and I thought he was the handsomest man I had ever seen Kidd 4 This way, we see that the ma The Characters The way this book brings in the characters is great We meet the family of the main character right away and get to know who they are and what they do We meet other characters pretty quickly, too The way the author brings in these characters throughout the book shows us how the main character thinks, like at the beginning of the book the author wrote His name was John Thomas Scopes, and I thought he was the handsomest man I had ever seen Kidd 4 This way, we see that the main character is a dreamer because she s in love with her teacher When the other characters are brought in, we see the thoughts of the main character about them and we can make judgments about the character.The PlotThe pace of this story is pretty steady It never really speeds up or slows down It goes one day at a time It never skips days or jumps weeks The book starts out by giving us some background information on the town Then it pretty quickly turns into the preparation of the trail that was to come later Once the trail started, the plot jumped tracks and we then followed the trial There was a little bit about the aftermath of the trial then the book was done.The writing style languageThe language was a little older but was easy to understand and comprehend The dialogue between the characters was well done It allowed us to see how the characters felt about each other There were also many good literary devices used by the author One example is the scene where Mr Robinson was selling books that showed evolution while he was on the school board Kidd 168 The literary device was irony.Theme of Social JusticeThe social justice theme shown throughout the book was discrimination because of, or lack of religion Over and over we see atheists are beating on Christians and Christians were beating on atheists Not physically, but verbally.Compare and Contrast of To Kill a Mocking BirdI like this book better than to Kill a Mocking Bird To kill a mocking bird dealt with racism while Monkey Town dealt with religion The main character in monkey town was way better than the one in To Kill a Mocking Bird The pacing in To Kill a Mocking bird is a little off too I didn t like that The language was hard to understand too.Connection to The Real WorldThe way the main character s family functions, is very similar to the way mine works We all get up in the morning, take turns in the bathroom, eat breakfast, and we re on our way The relationships the characters have are also similar to mine We all help each other out, for the most part


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    The characters that I liked in Monkey Town were Francis Robinson, Johnny Scopes, and Edmond Duffy Ed I did not like Mr Robinson He was a liar He always made things seem better than they were He also roped an innocent man into doing something that would hurt Johnny He only cared about items that would bring him publicity He was interested in selling the most soda and collecting the most money He never cared about who he hurt or what he had to do to get the most money The plot of the st The characters that I liked in Monkey Town were Francis Robinson, Johnny Scopes, and Edmond Duffy Ed I did not like Mr Robinson He was a liar He always made things seem better than they were He also roped an innocent man into doing something that would hurt Johnny He only cared about items that would bring him publicity He was interested in selling the most soda and collecting the most money He never cared about who he hurt or what he had to do to get the most money The plot of the story is okay One of the things that seem unrealistic is when Francis climbed into the back seat of the bigtime writer s car She then hopped on the floor and put a blanket over her, without them noticing This all occurred while there was someone in the back seat next to her I like how everyone doesn t listen to Francis Everyone treats her like she is a little kid Someone had messed with the water pipe on the house Francis finds footprints in the mud She tells Johnny, but he just brushes it off The theme is social justice The book talks a lot about how the bible is right, and that everything else is wrong Only the stuff in the bible can be taught Mr Robinson wanted Johnny gone, so that s why he used him as a test dummy One way the book is similar to Kill a Mockingbird is that one of the characters is like a test dummy and is accused of committing a crime They were convicted of the crime, but they didn t do it One way it is different is the time it takes place To Kill a Mockingbird is set in a time where blacks were not accepted Monkey Town is set in the time where the bible is only accepted in small towns, and evolution was against the law.One way I can connect the book to real life is that many people believe in the Bible Many people think that it should be the only form of teaching They also feel we should not teach evolution Not everyone believes the world was created in 7 days Some people believe we have evolved, and into the humans we are today Monkeys out in the wild are getting smarter every day In fact, in captivity monkeys can be taught sign language


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    The main characters in Monkey Town are Frances Robinson, Mr Robinson, Johnny Scopes, and H.L Mencken There are other characters in the book but they aren t mentioned very often sometimes only once I liked Frances the most She cared about everyone even those she didn t like I liked H.L Mencken by the end of the book I didn t know you liked music, I said I don t like it I live it If it wasn t for music, I would have killed myself long ago Kidd 196 He became really friendly and open The main characters in Monkey Town are Frances Robinson, Mr Robinson, Johnny Scopes, and H.L Mencken There are other characters in the book but they aren t mentioned very often sometimes only once I liked Frances the most She cared about everyone even those she didn t like I liked H.L Mencken by the end of the book I didn t know you liked music, I said I don t like it I live it If it wasn t for music, I would have killed myself long ago Kidd 196 He became really friendly and opened up to Frances about his feelings and problems going on back home.As far as the plot goes, it was very well written With the book being based on a real life event, the style of the writing and events that took place throughout the book were intriguing How everything takes place and the timeline it all makes sense There wasn t anything I didn t like about the plot My only complaint is that the trial could have been a littlein depth.There was lots of dialogue in Monkey Town Frances talked to Mencken and her father a lot There were literary devices throughout the book.I could find the social justice theme kind of easy, I mean you had to read and pay close attention to what was going on but it wasn t difficult to find One of the themes in the book was against feminism Given the time period, it makes sense that males would be against it Frances did not like it when the man brought up feminism because then he asked if she was one of those feminists She can disagree all she wants They still wouldn t let her on the jury Kidd 164 It reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird because of the social justice themes along with other things There was a trial held in both of the books in roughly the same spot of the book Also, it takes place in a small town in both books One difference between the books is this trial is real and the trial in TKAM was made up Another difference is this trial had a teacher and the trial in TKAM had a civilian.I had a personal connection to the book because both Dayton and a town I frequently visit are both small The way Ronald Kidd describes Dayton reminds me of this town I visit and I can see different parts of it as I read The houses and the layout of different parts of the city I can picture Certain parts also remind me of Superior because they talk about walking to and from the courthouse


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    This YA book is excellent, although perhaps not quite as good for adult readers as the play Inherit the Wind, which also is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes monkey trial, in Tennessee, where William Jennings Bryan really did defend the literal interpretation of the Bible, Clarence Darrow defended science and John Scopes for teaching evolution, in violation of state law , in the trial of that century, and HL Mencken s newspaper articles eviscerated Bryan and the small town, small m This YA book is excellent, although perhaps not quite as good for adult readers as the play Inherit the Wind, which also is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes monkey trial, in Tennessee, where William Jennings Bryan really did defend the literal interpretation of the Bible, Clarence Darrow defended science and John Scopes for teaching evolution, in violation of state law , in the trial of that century, and HL Mencken s newspaper articles eviscerated Bryan and the small town, small minded ignoramuses all Mencken s words who insisted on rejecting science rings familiar somehow today This version tells the story mostly through the eyes of the fictional 15 year old girl who is the daughter of the town s central drug store, conveniently located just across from the courthouse, and where locals gather to gossip and drink coca cola A quick easy read that sheds light on an important episode and time in American intellectual, philosophical, and legal history


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    Easy read and entertaining historical fiction The only think that felt off is the 15 year old girl who is main character She could have hadof a depth to her personality Maybe because a man author wrote the book


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Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial The author of Sizzle Splat takes readers back in time toto the famous Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee This novel unfolds from the point of view of ayear old girl, a student of John Scopes