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How high the moon
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How high the moon

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780241346891

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.

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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

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JF
Subject
Children's novels
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Pub. date
7 Mar 2019
Edition
Original
ISBN
9780241346891
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Paperback
Pages
312
Width
128mm
Height
198mm
Weight
260g
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