In 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racially segregated schools violated the U.S. Constitution. This decision, Brown v. Board of Education, was a big deal–but Supreme Court rulings do not enforce themselves. If Brown‘s promise of change was to become reality, people had to take action.
And so, in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee, twelve African American high school students stepped up. You probably haven’t heard of the Clinton 12–but what they did in 1956 (a year before the Little Rock 9, four years before Ruby Bridges) was front-page news all over the nation. Debbie's co-author, Jo Ann Allen Boyce, was one of the Clinton 12, and they have worked together to tell Jo Ann's story. Like Debbie's book The Year of Goodbyes, this is nonfiction in verse, with primary archival materials and additional backmatter features.
* “Powerful storytelling of a not-so-distant past.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
* “This story adeptly shows readers that, like the Clinton Twelve, they too can be part of something greater than themselves. A must-buy for tweens and teens. . . .” —School Library Journal (starred review)
* “This moving and timely memoir should have a place in all libraries that serve young adults.” —School Library Connection (starred review)
* “[R]eaders will appreciate that [Jo Ann] did make a difference by standing up for her beliefs with resolve and persistence, attributes that shine through in this lyrical yet hard-hitting account of a pivotal chapter in the history of desegregation.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
* “Sure to mobilize youth to action and change, this book is necessary for all library collections that serve youth.” —VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) (starred review)
“Engrossing, informative, and important for middle-grade collections.” —Booklist
“Accessible text and fast-paced narration make this a strong recommendation for ‘One School, One Book’ middle-school reading.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books