The school is not white!: a true story of the civil rights movement

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Jump at the Sun / Hyperion Books for Children, Aug 10, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 38 pages
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The Carter family struggles to integrate an all-white school in Drew, Mississippi, in 1965.

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During the 1960s, an African American family wants their children to be able to learn in schools where resources are great and children can succeed. When they send them to an all white school, they face harsh racism, yet they are brave and proud.

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An inspiring story about desegregation. The history is much better than either the illustrations or the story, but still a good read for historical context. Read full review


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Doreen Rappaport has written several award-winning books for children, including The School Is Not White!, illustrated by Curtis James; Martin's Big Words, a Caldecott Honor Book, a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration, and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner; Freedom River, an ALA Notable Book and winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration; and John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon, all illustrated by Bryan Collier. Rappaport lives and writes in upstate New York.

About the Illustrator: Curtis James is an award-winning fine artist whose work has appeared in galleries nationwide. Oprah Winfrey is among his clients. This is his first book for children. Curtis James lives in New York City, New York.