Genre: Historical Fiction, Ya , American History.
Year Of Publication:August 1st 2017
Publisher: by Usborne
Pages: 256 pages ( Paperback)
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
“What a dumb, idea, white people thinking they were better than black people.”
This book is set in the 1960’s, its about racism and doing the right thing. It so sooo relevant to today’s time and happenings.
Its a story about an eleven year old, sixth grader named Alice set in the year of 1964 and the things she see happening around her. She moves from Chicago to Jackson, Mississippi because her dad is an FBI agent, has been transferred to the area to deal with dissension caused by the civil rights movement.
As soon as she is in Mississippi, she is hit with a blast of racism and hate. She is from North so at first she doesn’t understand why their is so much prejudice about people because of their skin color. She is also labeled *Yankee* and almost also treated like an outcast. But someone else has it worse; a new student, Valerie Taylor (a black girl), joins their class, and when their school is “integrated.” The other kids either ignore Valerie or try to make her time at school unbearable. But Valerie never shows any kind of emotion, no matter how bad she is treated. Alice tries to talk to her a few time but always alone. She sees and knows how everything is so wrong but is really afraid to raise her voice in case the hate start to be towards her too.
This book shine a deep and through light on the events of the past. How bad things were back in the 60’s when Martin Luther King was fighting for civil rights. It draws from the author’s, Mary Ann Rodman own experience and shine a very true and someone true event light upon the situation back in those days. This story rings so true to the heart and make you feel so sad about humanity and the prejudice we live in. But its also about standing up to something. Finding the courage to do the right thing. Believing in what you feel right. This book although heart breakingly accurate talks about important social values, friendship and making good choices.
This book is so soo important to be read and pondered over. I would recommend it to everyone. In the world we need a little bit more of tolerance, understanding, empathy and love regardless of skin colour, gender and religion. And this book is a little piece of hate and discrimination that has happened in the past and is still happening and need to be read to be open eyes too and be diminished.
If you have read and loved the hate u give you will also enjoy and adore this one. In anyway this is a fantastic one if you need to read more about racial discrimination this is the one, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED>