The Long Ride

Author(s): Marina Budhos
Original Publish Date: Sep 24, 2019
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.42 hours)
Product Number: Z100147820
Released: Sep 24, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780593147542
Narrator/s: N'Jameh Camara
Publisher: Listening Library
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In the tumult of 1970s New York City, seventh graders are bussed from their neighborhood in Queens to integrate a new school in South Jamaica. Jamila Clarke. Josie Rivera. Francesca George. Three mixed-race girls, close friends whose immigrant parents worked hard to settle their families in a neighborhood with the best schools. The three girls are outsiders there, but they have each other. Now, at the start seventh grade, they are told they will be part of an experiment, taking a long bus ride to a brand-new school built to "mix up the black and white kids." Their parents don't want them to be experiments. Francesca's send her to a private school, leaving Jamila and Josie to take the bus ride without her. While Francesca is testing her limits, Josie and Jamila find themselves outsiders again at the new school. As the year goes on, the Spanish girls welcome Josie, while Jamila develops a tender friendship with a boy--but it's a relationship that can exist only at school.

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Author(s): Marina Budhos
Product Number EB00752998
Released: Sep 24, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN: #9780553534245

Professional reviews

"N'Jameh Camara narrates this work of historical fiction for young listeners. The story focuses on the busing integration attempts made in New York City schools in the 1970s. Jamila Clarke, Josie Rivera, and Francesca George come from the only mixed-race families in their upper-class Queens neighborhood. For the first time, the girls will be going to school with other students of color, but they quickly learn this won't always keep them from feeling like outsiders. The audiobook presents a vibrant tapestry of cultures. Camara deftly jumps between accents in a way that makes all the characters sound true to their backgrounds, adding a satisfying extra layer of immersion to the listening experience. S.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"