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Author Boyce, Jo Ann Allen, author.
Title This promise of change : one girl's story in the fight for school equality / Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy.
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 Tighe School-Non-Fiction  379.2 BOY    AVAILABLE
Description 310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Age level: age Children lcdgt
Age level: age Preteens lcdgt
Educational level group: edu Fourth grade students lcdgt
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Educational level group: edu School children lcdgt
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Introduction -- Mine, theirs, and ours -- Me, myself, and I -- Getting ready (May to August 1956) -- Down the hill (late August to Labor Day) -- Try again (three weeks in September) -- Fear (late September to mid-November) -- Going downhill (mid-November to December) -- Epilogue.
Summary When fourteen-year-old Jo Ann Allen and eleven other African American students walk into Clinton High School on an August morning in 1956, they know they are walking into history: they've been told they are the very first students to integrate a public high school in the American South. What they don't know is how treacherous their journey will be. Their eastern Tennessee town is a courteous, yes-ma'am, no-sir kind of place, where blacks and whites seem to get along. But something darker lurks beneath the civility in Clinton, and when outside agitators interfere, local whites' muffled objections turn to unrestrained bigotry and violence. Soon, even the Clinton 12 themseves wonder whether they should just return to their old school. As the desegregation crisis makes headlines across the country, Jo Ann - clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular - finds herself in the spotlight as a spokesperson for the group. But that's not the only life she wants: she also wants to focus on music, friendships, and, of course, her education. This is the heartbreaking and relatable story of an extraordinary trailblazer fighting for civil rights - and for the right to be an ordinary teenager. -- From dust jacket.
Audience Age 10-12.
Grade level 4-6.
1000L lexile
Sentence length: 5 (very hard) Word frequency: 4 (hard) Lexile.
Awards Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Award, 2019
Subject Boyce, Jo Ann Allen -- Juvenile literature.
African American teenage girls -- Tennessee -- Clinton -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American students -- Tennessee -- Clinton -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
School integration -- Tennessee -- Clinton -- Juvenile literature.
Segregation -- Tennessee -- Clinton -- Juvenile literature.
Clinton (Tenn.) -- Race relations -- Juvenile literature.
Genre/Form Juvenile literature.
Added Author Levy, Debbie, author.
ISBN 9781681198521 hardcover
1681198525 hardcover

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