Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez is a historical fiction novel which takes place in Texas during the 1930s.
When Naomi’s stepfather, Henry, decides to finally raise his own children and have Naomi help, she has no choice but to move to west Texas and into Henry’s own home. As a Mexican-American, she soon learns the difficulties of being anything other than white in a small Texas town– Henry expects her to do the grocery shopping, but the store doesn’t allow Mexicans. While she is able to attend the white school with her white-appearing younger siblings, she faces rumors and whispers in the halls. And when she finally meets someone with whom she wants to spend her time– a young black man who shows her kindness, strength, and love– to tell anyone of their relationship would be the most dangerous thing they could do.