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Publication Date: 7 Mar 2019
Subject: Children's novels
Suitable for: Primary (Year 6)
AR: 4.5 MY
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An 11-year-old girl witnesses the racial tensions that lie beneath her segregated hometown when a 14-year-old black boy is accused of murdering two white girls.
It's 1944, and in a small, Southern, segregated town, eleven-year-old Ella spends her summers running wild with her cousins and friends. But life isn't always so sunny. The deep racial tension that simmers beneath their town's peaceful facade never quite goes away, and Ella misses her mama - a beautiful jazz singer, who lives in Boston.
So when an invitation arrives to come to Boston for a visit Ella is ecstatic and the trip proves life-changing in more ways than one. For the first time, Ella sees what life outside of segregation is like, and begins to dream of a very different future.
But her happiness is shattered when she returns home to the news that her classmate George has been arrested for the murder of two white girls - and nothing will ever be the same again.
Librarian's note - could be used to start discussion about racism in historical context, and issues around identity and belonging
NOTE : Ella's mother lives with another woman, and introduces her as her 'roommate' but they share the same bed and the implication is that they are in a relationship