This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality
In 1956, one year before the Little Rock Nine, Jo Ann Allen and eleven black classmates integrated a public high school in Clinton, Tennessee. Fourteen-year-old Jo Ann was thrust into the national spotlight as a spokesperson for the cause.
Introduction. Epilogue with further information on the Clinton 12. Author’s note. Note on poetic forms. “Scrapbook” of black-and-white photographs. Time line. Quotation sources. Selected bibliography. Further reading.
JLG Release: Apr 2019
Awards & Honors
2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner, Nonfiction
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
School Library Journal*, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly*, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 6.3; Points: 4;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 8.5; Points: 7;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Discrimination, Racism, Violence
Jo Ann Allen Boyce (1941– ), African American teenage girls, African American students, School integration, Clinton, Tennessee, Race relations, Segregation, Books in verse, The Clinton 12, Twentieth-century US history,