My Year in the Middle

My Year in the Middle

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In a racially polarized classroom in 1970 Alabama, Lu's talent for running track makes her a new best friend -- and tests her mettle as she navigates the school's social cliques.

Miss Garrett's classroom is like every other at our school. White kids sit on one side and black kids on the other. I'm one of the few middle-rowers who split the difference.

Sixth-grader Lu Olivera just wants to keep her head down and get along with everyone in her class. Trouble is, Lu's old friends have been changing lately -- acting boy crazy and making snide remarks about Lu's newfound talent for running track. Lu's secret hope for a new friend is fellow runner Belinda Gresham, but in 1970 Red Grove, Alabama, blacks and whites don't mix. As segregationist ex-governor George Wallace ramps up his campaign against the current governor, Albert Brewer, growing tensions in the state -- and in the classroom -- mean that Lu can't stay neutral about the racial divide at school. Will she find the gumption to stand up for what's right and to choose friends who do the same?
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780763692315
076369231X
Branch Call Number: j F WEAVER L
Characteristics: 268 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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LPL_KarenA Jan 04, 2019

Lu is a U.S. citizen immigrated from Argentina and living in 1970's Alabama shortly after the integration of schools. Though she's an excellent student, sixth grade is proving to be a challenge socially and at home. She's in the middle on so many things! Where she sits in the class, who she's fri... Read More »


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LPL_KarenA Jan 04, 2019

Lu is a U.S. citizen immigrated from Argentina and living in 1970's Alabama shortly after the integration of schools. Though she's an excellent student, sixth grade is proving to be a challenge socially and at home. She's in the middle on so many things! Where she sits in the class, who she's friends with, if she wants to be just friends or more with Sam, and if she should challenge her parents and go out for the track team. As an immigrant she feels like she needs to play it safe, but she knows in her gut what's right and wrong and proves she's really brave after all. This book is for readers who like a diverse cast of characters, a coming of age tale, and a little bit of history.

ArapahoeErinR Aug 16, 2018

Lu wants so much to get along with everyone, but that is hard to do in 1970's Alabama where racial strife is at high she has to make some some tough choices to stand up for what she believes is right.

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