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Freedom summer / written by Deborah Wiles ; illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue.

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Author/Creator:
Wiles, Deborah.
Language:
English.
Reprint/reissue date:
2005
Original date:
2001
Imprint:
1st Aladdin Paperbacks ed. - New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2005.
Format:
  • Book
  • 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 x 26 cm.
Note:
Originally published: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Summary:
In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is colored, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists: "'John Henry swims better than anyone I know. He crawls like a catfish, blows bubbles like a swamp monster, but he doesn't swim in the town pool with me. He's not allowed.' Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to be firemen, and they both love to swim. But there's one important way they're different: Joe is white and John Henry is black, and in the South in 1964, that means John Henry isn't allowed to do everything his best friend is. Then a law is passed that forbids segregation and opens the town pool to everyone. Joe and John Henry are so excited they race each other there, only to discover that it takes more than a new law to change people's hearts"--P. [4] of cover.
Awards:
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, Coretta Scott King Award
Contributor:
Lagarrigue, Jerome ill.
Subjects:
ISBN:
068987829X
9780689878299

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