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Posted June 25, 2002
This novel portrays some of the main issues of the Civil Rights Movement, including shool and lunch counter desegregation, from the point of view of a 12 year old. Our progagonist faces many of the usual tribulations of a soon to be teenager: what to wear on her first 'date,' what the boys must think of her, what to do about her tense relationship with her father. She must also face a white school board that doesn't consider her to be good enough to be integrated into the white school, and the rantings of white supremacists. Davis expertly depicts the confusion the age (both preteenhood and the Civil Rights Era). I've enjoyed reading, rereading, and teaching this novel over the last decade.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.