We have several new historical fiction novels for grades 6-8 in the library!
The first of these is, Crow, by Barbara Wright. Crow is the story of the 1898 race riots in Wilmington, North Carolina to stop African-American people from voting. Homes and businesses were burned, people were taken by lynch mobs-all is seen through the eyes of eleven-year-old Moses Thomas. Moses is the son of an educated newsman and alderman, and a housekeeper. Because his mother works all day for a rich, white family, his beloved grandmother, an illiterate former slave, is basically raising him and he is teaching her how to read. Moses becomes dangerously involved in the riots when a mob of white supremacists arrest his father and attempt to burn the news building.
The second novel also deals with African-American issues, but at a much later date. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine, tells the story of two girls who form an unbreakable bond during the violent integration of Little Rock, Arkansas schools in 1958. Twelve year old Marlee develops a strong friendship with Liz, a new girl in school, but suddenly Liz stops attending and Marlee hears a rumor that Liz is actually an African-American “passing” for white. Will the girls take on segregation and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families?
The third book is the action-packed, Promise the Night by Michaela MacColl. This book introduces middle-school readers to Beryl Markham, the first pilot to fly solo from England to North America. Beryl was raised on a vast ranch in British East Africa, hunted with Nandi warriors, became the best horse breaker on her father’s ranch and resisted any efforts to make her a proper young lady. A fascinating read for anyone with a thirst for adventure!