This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality

In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one anoth In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann All...

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Title:This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality
Author:Jo Ann Allen Boyce
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1681198525
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Oct 24, 2018

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreamin...

  • Laura Gardner
    Nov 03, 2018

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

  • Edie
    Oct 09, 2018

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

  • Jacqueline
    Feb 04, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreamin...

    Beautifully written! An important and compelling story which should be in every school library. ...

  • Tasha
    Jan 31, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

  • Kelly Hager
    Jan 09, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

  • Charlotte
    Sep 25, 2018

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

  • Kathy Martin
    Dec 16, 2018

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

  • Susan
    Feb 13, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreamin...

    Beautifully written! An important and compelling story which should be in every school library. ...

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    ...

  • Kari
    Jan 27, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

  • Wayne McCoy
    Jan 26, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

  • Akoss
    Dec 01, 2018

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

  • Aileen
    Nov 03, 2018

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreamin...

    Beautifully written! An important and compelling story which should be in every school library. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Desegration; racial justice; civil rights movement. I think the free-verse format fit the topic well. Haunting, honest, and beautiful. ...

    ...

  • emma
    Feb 12, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

  • Michele Knott
    Dec 28, 2018

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

  • Savanah
    Jan 31, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreamin...

    Beautifully written! An important and compelling story which should be in every school library. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Desegration; racial justice; civil rights movement. I think the free-verse format fit the topic well. Haunting, honest, and beautiful. ...

    ...

    The book follows Jo Ann and her story of being integrated in Clinton high school. It?s written in beautifully in prose. The book has not just prose but headlines and interviews of real newspapers. The book is written in words that are easy to understand and and relate to. I would hig...

    ...

  • Johanna Hanson
    Feb 09, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreamin...

    Beautifully written! An important and compelling story which should be in every school library. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Desegration; racial justice; civil rights movement. I think the free-verse format fit the topic well. Haunting, honest, and beautiful. ...

  • Megan
    Jan 28, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreamin...

    Beautifully written! An important and compelling story which should be in every school library. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Desegration; racial justice; civil rights movement. I think the free-verse format fit the topic well. Haunting, honest, and beautiful. ...

    ...

    The book follows Jo Ann and her story of being integrated in Clinton high school. It?s written in beautifully in prose. The book has not just prose but headlines and interviews of real newspapers. The book is written in words that are easy to understand and and relate to. I would hig...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Leonard Kim
    Jan 27, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

  • Katie Reilley
    Feb 02, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

  • Ireadkidsbooks
    Jan 09, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreamin...

    Beautifully written! An important and compelling story which should be in every school library. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Cat
    Jan 20, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreamin...

    Beautifully written! An important and compelling story which should be in every school library. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Desegration; racial justice; civil rights movement. I think the free-verse format fit the topic well. Haunting, honest, and beautiful. ...

    ...

    The book follows Jo Ann and her story of being integrated in Clinton high school. It?s written in beautifully in prose. The book has not just prose but headlines and interviews of real newspapers. The book is written in words that are easy to understand and and relate to. I would hig...

    ...

    ...

  • Hebah
    Jan 24, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

  • Beth Anderson
    Feb 05, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

  • Bethany M. Edwards
    Sep 18, 2018

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

  • Amanda Sanders
    Jan 07, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

  • Sylvia
    Oct 02, 2018

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreamin...

    Beautifully written! An important and compelling story which should be in every school library. ...

    ...

  • Kelsey Cansler
    Dec 30, 2018

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreamin...

    Beautifully written! An important and compelling story which should be in every school library. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Kaity M
    Feb 14, 2019

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

    Written with lightning ...

    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...

    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...

    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....

    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...

    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...

    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...

    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...

    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...

    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...

    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...

    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...

    Co-written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12, and author Debbie Levy, this non-fiction novel in verse tells the history of the events that unfolded during the 1956-57 school year when Clinton High in Tennessee is integrated for the first time. This first hand account fro...

    The Promise of Change is a biography in verse for Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve black kids to attend Clinton High School in 1956, at desegregation. It?s a rocky, horrifying story. I liked the way quotes and headlines were sprinkled through the book, and the extensive back matter in...

    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreamin...

    Beautifully written! An important and compelling story which should be in every school library. ...

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    Desegration; racial justice; civil rights movement. I think the free-verse format fit the topic well. Haunting, honest, and beautiful. ...

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    The book follows Jo Ann and her story of being integrated in Clinton high school. It?s written in beautifully in prose. The book has not just prose but headlines and interviews of real newspapers. The book is written in words that are easy to understand and and relate to. I would hig...

  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    Dec 31, 2018

    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...

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    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...

    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...