Jump Into the Sky, by Shelley Pearsall

Summary:  Levi’s staying with his Aunt Odella while his father is serving in the U.S. Army. But it’s 1945, and the war is nearly over, and Aunt Odella decides it’s time for Levi to do some leaving of his own. Before he can blink, Levi finds himself on a train from Chicago to Fayettville, North Carolina, where his father is currently stationed–last they knew.  Levi makes his way across the United States–searching for his father and finding out about himself, his country, and what it truly means to belong.

Alfred A. Knopf

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Miles to go for Freedom, by Linda Barrett Osborne

Summary:  Told through unforgettable first-person accounts, photographs, and other primary sources, this book is an overview of racial segregation and early civil rights efforts in the United States from the 1890s to 1954, a period known as the Jim Crow years. Multiple perspectives are examined as the book looks at the impact of legal segregation and discrimination on the day-to-day life of black and white Americans across the country.

Abrams

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Sylvia & Aki, by Winifred Conkling

Summary:  At the start of World War II, Japanese-American third-grader Aki and her family are sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona. Meanwhile, Mexican-American third-grader Sylvia’s family leases their Orange County, California, farm and begins a fight to stop school segregation.

Tricycle Press

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White Water: Inspired by a True Story, by Michael Bandy

Summary:  After tasting the warm, rusty water from the fountain designated for African Americans, a young boy questions why he cannot drink the cool, refreshing water from the “Whites Only” fountain.

Candlewick Press

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Lunch-Box Dream, by Tony Abbott

Summary:  Told from multiple points of view, a white family on a 1959 road trip between Ohio and Florida, visiting Civil War battlefields along the way, crosses paths with a black family near Atlanta, where one of their children has gone missing.

FS&G

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