About the Book
There are things you can't back down on, things you gotta take a stand on. But it's up to you to decide what them things are. You have to demand respect in this world, ain't nobody just gonna hand it to you. How you carry yourself, what you stand for--that's how you gain respect. But, little one, ain't nobody's respect worth more than your own.
I can't believe I wasn't required to read this when I was a kid and neither was my husband. I'm actually disappointed with myself for not having read it. This story is beautifully told in a way that young children can have more of an understanding as to how this country got away with so much blatant racism.
Unlike The Land, this book was much slower and it felt like less happened. But there is still so many important points brought up by this book, and so I wouldn't say it dragged out.
This is a book that I look forward to having my son read when he's older so we can discuss it.