How far would I have gone to pursue my dream and defend my beliefs if it required speaking up for the minority? I couldn't help asking myself this question after reading Between the Lines, a middle grade fiction set in one of the most turbulent years in US history. To learn more about this incredible book, you may visit Mother Daughter Book Reviews for the full schedule and follow along the blog tour for reviews, author interviews, guest posts and excerpts, as well as the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.
About the Book
Between the Lines tells the story of three girls who become friends during the racially-charged aftermath of the 1967 Detroit Riots.
Hattie Percha is crushed when the riots start on her tenth birthday, and when she must move away from her treasured childhood home and friends, attending public school for the first time, she’s afraid her life is over. Then, she meets Beverly Jo Nichols, her first black friend, and Crackers, a fearless tomboy. Despite opposition from Hattie’s mother and a racist teacher, the unlikely friends join forces. As the self-proclaimed Dream Girls, they challenge bigotry and intolerance, willing to do whatever it takes to hold onto what’s most precious to them all, their friendship.
Through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl who is passionate about reading and writing, Between the Lines brings us back to the time when the city of Detroit had been plagued by racial discrimination and segregation, which eventually escalated into riots and clashes. Initially, Hattie hated the series of violent confrontations just because they ruined her birthday party. Then she began raising seemingly innocent, but sharp questions like: Why don't white people like colored people or vice versa? Why can't people all get along?
During the course of adjusting to her new neighborhood and new school, Hattie had to overcome her fear for unfamiliar surroundings, along with her own set of misconceptions and stereotypical thinking. She never expected to befriend Beverly, who turned out to share a lot in common with Hattie despite their difference in skin color. Both girls soon bonded with tomboy Crackers, who is courageous, unconventional, and not afraid to challenge authority.
Based on the author's personal experience, the story is very inspiring and empowering for all those who believe in the importance of equality and justice. The book is a worthy read for anyone because of its beautiful language, vivid depiction, sense of humor, and socially significant message. Besides its unique historical setting and stress on the fight against injustice, the book also addresses common issues that every tween or teen may face at some point of their life, including family, friendship, fitting in and self-discovery. It's a book I'd re-read and share with everyone I know!
About the Author
Claudia Whitsitt spent a lifetime teaching special education and writing before becoming a full-time author. She believes in the power of friendship, small acts of kindness, and paying it forward. Nothing makes her happier than spending time with her children, which includes not only the five she raised but the countless students who touched her life over the years.
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