My year in the middle /

by Weaver, Lila Quintero [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.Edition: First edition.Description: 268 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780763692315; 076369231X.Subject(s): Nineteen seventies -- Juvenile fiction | Segregation in education -- United States -- Juvenile fiction | Immigrant children -- United States -- Juvenile fiction | Argentines -- United States -- Juvenile fiction | African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- Juvenile fiction | Civil rights movements -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction | Track and field athletes -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Racism -- Juvenile fiction | Middle schools -- Juvenile fiction | Schools -- Juvenile fiction | Alabama -- Juvenile fiction | African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- Fiction | Civil rights movements -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | Segregation in education -- United States -- Fiction | Immigrant children -- United States -- Fiction | Argentines -- United States -- Fiction | Track and field athletes -- Fiction | Friendship -- Fiction | Racism -- Fiction | Middle schools -- Fiction | Schools -- Fiction | Historical fiction | Fiction | Historical fiction | History | Juvenile worksSummary: It is 1970 in Red Grove, Alabama, and at Lu Olivera's school the white kids and black kids sit on different sides of the classroom. Six-grader Lu just wants to get along with everyone, but growing racial tensions will not let Lu stay neutral about the racial divide in school. Her old friends have been changing lately--acting boy crazy and making snide remarks about Lu's newfound talent for running track. Lu's secret hope for a new friend is fellow runner Belinda Gresham, but blacks and whites don't mix. Will Lu find the gumption to stand up for what's right? And find friends who will stand with her?
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In a racially polarized classroom in 1970 Alabama, Lu's talent for running track makes her a new best friend - and tests her mettle as she navigates the school's social cliques. Miss Garrett's classroom is like every other at our school. White kids sit on one side and black kids on the other. I'm one of the few middle-rowers who split the difference. Sixth-grader Lu Olivera just wants to keep her head down and get along with everyone in her class. Trouble is, Lu's old friends have been changing lately - acting boy crazy and making snide remarks about Lu's newfound talent for running track. Lu's secret hope for a new friend is fellow runner Belinda Gresham, but in 1970 Red Grove, Alabama, blacks and whites don't mix. As segregationist ex-governor George Wallace ramps up his campaign against the current governor, Albert Brewer, growing tensions in the state - and in the classroom - mean that Lu can't stay neutral about the racial divide at school. Will she find the gumption to stand up for what's right and to choose friends who do the same?

It is 1970 in Red Grove, Alabama, and at Lu Olivera's school the white kids and black kids sit on different sides of the classroom. Six-grader Lu just wants to get along with everyone, but growing racial tensions will not let Lu stay neutral about the racial divide in school. Her old friends have been changing lately--acting boy crazy and making snide remarks about Lu's newfound talent for running track. Lu's secret hope for a new friend is fellow runner Belinda Gresham, but blacks and whites don't mix. Will Lu find the gumption to stand up for what's right? And find friends who will stand with her?

Age 8-12.

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In 1970 Alabama, Argentinean American sixth-grader Lu Olivera discovers her passion for running, develops a crush, and is caught in the middle of her desegregated school's growing racial tensions. After Lu becomes friends with African American Belinda, and the segregationist George Wallace becomes governor, Lu stands up for what's right. Lu's shift from bystander to ally is well portrayed, and her first-person narration is often funny and utterly engaging. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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