The Long Ride
Jamila Clarke. Josie Rivera. Francesca George. Three mixed-race girls, close friends whose immigrant parents worked hard to settle their families in a neighborhood with the best schools. The three girls are outsiders there, but they have each other. Now, at the start seventh grade, they are told they will be part of an experiment, taking a long bus ride to a brand-new school built to “mix up the black and white kids.” Their parents don’t want them to be experiments. Francesca’s send her to a private school, leaving Jamila and Josie to take the bus ride without her.
While Francesca is testing her limits, Josie and Jamila find themselves outsiders again at the new school. As the year goes on, the Spanish girls welcome Josie, while Jamila develops a tender friendship with a boy—but it’s a relationship that can exist only at school.
JLG Release: Dec 2019
Awards & Honors
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book Magazine, Booklist
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 3.9; Points: 5;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Library edition with trade jacket added
Wendy Lamb Books
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence
School integration, Friendship, Junior high schools, Race Twentieth-century US history,