Age: Grade 6-7
This book is a cheap one. One that you find in those scholastic book catalogs for 2 dollars. It is not great in any way, but does do a lot of nice things for the students. First of all, this book discusses the lives of a segregated community and how it impacts the kids when someone who is not the same racial colour enters in the society. This story touches on students in grade 6 who are being challenged with their beliefs in racial differences and religion indoctrinations. The book follows a girl who is introduced to a new boy in the class. He is different because he is white. All the students are shocked and do not respect him as much. As the story goes on, the students find out that the boy has a black father. They are all confused and they realize that the boy is not really that different. The identity and beliefs of the characters are challenged and occasionally changed, making this book great for a class that has a lot of issues with racism, bullying and discrimination. Read it for the kids, not for enjoyment.
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