It's 1965, Los Angeles. All twelve-year-old Sophie wants to do is write her book, star in the community play, and hang out with her friend Jennifer. But she's the new black kid in a nearly all-white neighborhood; her beloved sister, Lily, is going away to college soon; and her parents' marriage is rocky. There's also her family's new, disapproving housekeeper to deal with.
When riots erupt in nearby Watts and a friend is unfairly arrested, Sophie learns that life and her own place in it is even more complicated than she'd once thought.
"After Sophie meets Nathan — Mrs. Baylor’s handsome, college-age son (who is too dark-skinned to get Sophie’s mother’s approval) — she learns how destructive prejudice can be. Through his stories, Sophie begins to see the world differently, and when violent hate crimes break out in his neighborhood, Sophie witnesses firsthand the dangers from which she has been shielded. Expressing subtle and blatant bigotries alike, English (the Carver Chronicles series) movingly reveals how an impressionable and intelligent child learns from the injustices that touch her, her family, and her friends." Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||10 - 12|
|Publication Date||Jul 11, 2017|