Parents' Guide to

The Lucky Ones

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Clever, optimistic tale of Black boy in 1967 Mississippi.

Black boy looking upward with hand on chin

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This outstanding book promotes empathy for people who are marginalized and encouragement that change and progress can happen. In The Lucky Ones, Linda Williams Jackson repeats the successful format she uses in A Sky Full of Stars and Midnight Without a Moon, putting fictional tweens into the middle of the events of the civil rights movement. The author grew up in the Mississippi Delta. She writes about children born 10 to 15 years before her, who would have witnessed historical events slightly before her time.

Her deep immersion in the culture of the area and her curiosity about these events give this book energy and authenticity. Younger readers may be troubled by a couple of detailed, unflinching scenes where White segregationists verbally abuse young Black children. However, young kids will easily identify with Ellis Earl and his eagerness to become the best person he can be and make the world a better place.

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