Recommended for Readers
in Grades 9 and up
2016 - ABC Best Books for Young Readers
This book deals with integration of a fictional Virginia school, and we see the perspective of one of ten integrating students, as well as the white daughter of a journalist who regularly editorializes in favor of segregation.
The brilliance of this book is that each character is shown to be more than someone dealing with integration in Virginia in 1959. Although this event drives the plot and prompts Sarah and Linda to reflect about who they are and what is possible for their lives, they have fully developed characters with complex family relationships, too. While there are a couple of questionable character motivations, this book is full of worthwhile discussion topics. It's not to be missed.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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