Children, as well as adults will enjoy and benefit from this book. What a wonderful and heartfelt piece of history, shared through the eyes of a child.
Tells the story of our people I'm a way that's rarely seen. Few books grasp the intricate way black people connect and how its been essential to survival. And yet makes it clear that feeling hate and anger towards white folk over what our past and very real parts of our present are obstacles to success, not the road to it
This should be required reading. I don't know why I had never read it, but I'm glad I did, and i will be encouraging people to read it and others in this series and others on this issue. It's time that we remember. It's time that we white people ask forgiveness. Well written. Well read.
Well written and engaging, but a terrible time in our country's history. We will be reading and using this novel with my 6th graders in February for our academic pentathlon. I hope the students (at their age) are able to ponder the complexities of the book and become better people in the world because of it. Thanks for writing it and sharing your family with us.
This book is an amazing book. My mom wanted me to read it years ago when I was in Junior High. I took no interest in it and never read past the first 5 pages. I ordered it on audiobook because my now junior high daughter has it on her reading list for school.
This book is amazing and I understand why it won the Newberry award and I am so pleased it is on her school reading list.
It allows a student to journey back in time when things were a lot different in this country. The characters are very relatable and the challenges they face put a realistic historical face on many African American experiences during that time.
In addition, this book transcends the years and many of the same lessons and experiences the kids endure and learn from are still applicable today. I look forward to many discussions with my daughter regarding this book.
Cassie, because she is willing to push the envelope. And Stacey because his is a loyal friend and sibling that shows a lot of growth throughout the book
Take a Step Back in History and emerge yourself into a world full of love, turmoil, injustice and perseverance.
Great reading for any Junior High Student. Should be discussed with adults
As an elementary school teacher, it is difficult to teach children about sensitive topics like racial prejudice. However, this book does an excellent job of describing all sides. It is so important for both white and black children to see good in people (Cassie and her family, Mr Jamison and Jeremy) as well as the bad (the Sim's brothers, Mr Granger and others). The book has so many teachable moments that it will be difficult to get through the novel.