This book deals with the harsh and true realities of racism in the South after the court decision for integration of schools in 1954. Dawnie is one of the first black children to attend an all white school. She’s not only treated poorly at school, she’s also treated poorly by her previously black friends. Being the only girl that loves baseball doesn’t help, with any of her relations or with her peers.
Dawnie has a special needs brother, Goober who endures constant bullying. Dawnie is facing the challenges of prejudice as she attends the all white school and has the courage to be part of the change. She also struggles with the pain of having a brother who is different. Will Dawnie be able to keep her integrity and remain true to her family as she endures all the racism in her life? Will she be able to keep up her grades and her dreams of college? 336 pages Ages 8 and up
Reviewed by: Alicia Romans, Information Specialist, Georgia, USA