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Midnight Without a Moon

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Exciting, must-read story of black teen in 1955 Mississippi.

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Linda Williams Jackson's debut offers an irresistible, compelling heroine in 13-year-old Rose, growing up in a sharecropper family in Mississippi at the dawn of the civil rights era. Amid terrifying violence and historic change, the complex, nuanced characters and eventful narrative -- as seen through the eyes of a spirited young girl -- make for a great read and return visits. Rose's narrative voice in Midnight Without a Moon is full of humor, determination, and self-respect despite powerful challenges, and she has the help and support of her best friend and some loving adults. (A sequel, A Sky Full of Stars, is due in January 2018.)

"Mama was tall, shapely, caramel-complexioned, and movie-star beautiful. Except for the height, I looked nothing like her. I was string-bean skinny and black as the ace of spades, as Ma Pearl liked to say. ... But according to Ma Pearl, her daughter was definitely no angel. Having had me at fifteen and Fred Lee at sixteen, Mama was what the old folks labeled 'ruint.'"

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