This is a young adult book about the Little Rock 9, but from a different perspective. Sharon Draper is not afraid to take on difficult subjects and confront them and has been honored with the Coretta Scott King Award for her bravery.
I appreciate her voice and that she brings this subject to the home, to a family. I remember as a student having my eyes opened by the book Across Five Aprils. For me, history suddenly was about real people and real families instead of just facts in a history textbook.
Students and adults need more transformative reading experiences in order to have their views and ideas challenged and Sharon Draper certainly does that in this book.