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
CPL Best Books - 2019
Robert L. Sibert Award Honoree - 2020
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: Reference/Discussion, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Mild 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,