In this compelling novel, Golden Kite Award-winning children's author Tony Abbott explores Jim Crow laws and family strife from multiple perspectives. During the summer of 1959, Bobby and his family are visiting Civil War battlefields. Tempers flare as an accident cuts their trip short and forces them to return home by bus. On their journey, they witness a black family getting denied bus seats. In brief flashes of insight, young Bobby begins to question his assumptions about race. "Beautifully crafted and written."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
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"This book's unusual title is from the poem "Lunch in a Jim Crow Car," by Langston Hughes. Abbott portrays racism from many perspectives. The three narrators greatly enhance the book since the story is told through the voices of many characters. The story focuses on a child named Bobby, whose family journeys from Cleveland to Florida. En route they visit Civil War battlefields, observe racism, and encounter a black family who fear for their missing child. These experiences are painful to hear, but as the story continues, the evolution towards civil rights for blacks is joyous. Author Tony Abbott notes that the story is based on an actual trip that his family took in 1959. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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