Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the middle grade book, "Between the Lines" by Claudia Whitsitt from May 18 to 31, 2015.
About the BookTitle: Between the Lines | Author: Claudia Whitsitt | Publication Date: March, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 318 | Recommended Ages: 9+ Summary: Between the Lines tells the story of three girls who become friends during the racially-charged aftermath of the 1967 Detroit Riots. Hattie Percha is crushed when the riots start on her tenth birthday, and when she must move away from her treasured childhood home and friends, attending public school for the first time, she’s afraid her life is over. Then, she meets Beverly Jo Nichols, her first black friend, and Crackers, a fearless tomboy. Despite opposition from Hattie’s mother and a racist teacher, the unlikely friends join forces. As the self-proclaimed Dream Girls, they challenge bigotry and intolerance, willing to do whatever it takes to hold onto what’s most precious to them all, their friendship.
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Between the Lines is a powerfully moving novel about three girls who form an incredible bond despite the racist world around them.
On a day that was supposed to be joyous, Hattie’s 10th birthday ends up as a day of hatred and violence when the city of Detroit finds itself facing racially motivated riots. Hattie must leave the home and friends she loves in order to escape a city in upheaval. Attending public school for the first time, Hattie is certain she’ll never make any friends, but as luck would have it she meets Beverly and Crackers. The three quickly become inseparable. But, not everyone is happy about this friendship. The three girls will have to overcome the prejudice views of many, but they find strength in their friendship to fight for change.
This story is simply amazing. The characters are well developed and believable and I was inspired by Hattie, who is wise beyond her years. I love that she only sees Beverly for who she is on the inside and never notices the color of her skin. The beautiful friendship between the girls is heartening and I found it uplifting when the girls took on the challenge of finding away to make a difference. Between the Lines is an absolute must read for middle graders.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
"Between the Lines is a powerful piece of historical fiction that must be added to the reading list of every middle grade student."~ 5 Stars, Lori L., Goodreads
"Teachers and parents need to purchase this novel... Parents could use this novel to engage their kids in discussions to help develop a sense of social responsibility, friendship, and morality... Ultimately, this story is inspirational." ~ 5 Stars, Amazon Customer
"This book is a must read for everyone, no matter what age ... I would recommend it highly to be in the curriculum of every 5th and 6th grade classroom. " ~ 5 Stars, Sandra W., Amazon
"My daughter and I read this book together and loved it. It is a story that will stay with both of us for many years to come!" ~ 5 Stars, aleblanc, Amazon
"Between the Lines tells a really heartbreaking but uplifting story, about race and loyalty and friends, in a way that any kid will relate to. A perfect gift book for that hard-to-please youngster!" ~ 5 Stars, Jimmy, Amazon
About the Author: Claudia Whitsitt
Claudia Whitsitt spent a lifetime teaching special education and writing before becoming a full-time author. She believes in the power of friendship, small acts of kindness, and paying it forward. Nothing makes her happier than spending time with her children, which includes not only the five she raised but the countless students who touched her life over the years.