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This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Compelling, inspiring memoir of integrating Southern school.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Interesting and excellent

I enjoyed this book and can’t wait for my child to read it! I didn’t know if the style (it’s all in verse) would work well through a whole book of this variety, but after a few chapters, I was hooked by both the content and the style. Please note that while it is rated pretty high for the amount of violence, there isn’t anything gruesome described. It is violence that is horrifying nonetheless, because it is hard to look at how people treated other people.... but it is not graphic. This is one of those books that I want to read with my child, because there is so much to be learned in terms of worldview and standing up for what is right. I think a child reading through it could easily miss so much of that.

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This is a powerful memoir of a hate-filled and turbulent time, seen through the eyes of a teen clinging to her belief that, in the end, people will do the right thing. This Promise of Change offers readers not only a superbly written and inspiring story, but also a wealth of information and resources. The back of the book includes an epilogue that updates readers on Jo Ann and the other members of the Clinton 12, and a scrapbook of archival photos lets readers put a face to students and protesters. There's a timeline of school segregation and civil rights landmarks, quotation sources, a selected bibliography, and a list of books for further reading.

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