More than anything, Mable Jean wants to go to school. She has to walk five miles to get there, though, and her papa told her that if she can’t keep up, she’ll have to wait another year. She hurts her foot and misses some school days, but Mable Jean doesn’t give up. When the white children on their bus pass Mable Jean and her friends, laughing and taunting them, it’s almost more than she can take. Finally, Mable Jean asks her parents why the black children don’t have a bus, too. Based on real events, this story celebrates the spirit of African-Americans who lived in rural Mississippi in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
- 2003-2004 Young Hoosier Book Award Master List (Picture Books)
- Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People for 2002-CBC/NCSS
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2002