• 288 Pages
  • 5.50" x 8"
  • 9780807570241
  • September 2015

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  • 5.5" x 8"
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  • September 2016

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  • Kidd writes with insight and restraint, creating a richly layered opus that hits every note to perfection…Beautifully written and earnestly delivered, the novel rolls to an inexorable, stunning conclusion readers won’t soon forget.

    - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

  • Along the way, Billie comes to grips with her own prejudices, inherited from her parents, in a way that is both lyrical and honest. In a year in which news events have made it clear that the civil rights movement is far from over, titles like Kidd’s have special resonance. His focus on a lesser-known historical event provides a window into the past…

    - Booklist, starred review

  • Kidd’s writing is clear and direct…and he raises many hard questions with nuance and with hope.

    - School Library Journal

  • Kidd creates strong-willed, contemplative heroines while capturing period details and the energy of the civil rights movement. As Billie acknowledges the insidiousness of the prejudice within herself and her community and makes steps toward uprooting it, her transformation is painful and profound.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • Kidd supplies sufficient family backstory to make the girls into credible characters; however, it’s their polar views of the world that are really on display here, and Kidd’s carefully orchestrated plot points and conversations serve as a guided tour through their crises of conscience.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Awards & Accolades

  • 2016-2017 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List
  • 2016 Best Children's Book of the Year—Historical Fiction List, Bank Street College
  • 2016 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People Grades 4-6
  • 2017-2018 Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Master List
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2016—CBC/NCSS
  • 2018-2019 Volunteer State Book Award Middle School List

Author Ronald Kidd discusses his inspiration

Common Core

W.7.4,6,7,8,9,9a,9b,10 RL.7.1,2,3,4,6,7,9,10 SL.7.1,1a,1b,1c,1d,3,4,5 RH.6-8.1,2,3,4,6,8,9,10 L.7.3,3a,4,4a,5,5a,5c,6


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 7
  • ATOS Level: 4.3