With the Might of Angels

by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author)

With the Might of Angels
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Dear America

Twelve-year-old Dawnie Rae Johnson's life turns upside down after the Supreme Court rules in favor of desegregation in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. Her parents decide that Dawnie will attend Prettyman Coburn, a previously all-white school -- but she'll be the only one of her friends to enroll in this new school.

Not everyone in Dawnie's town of Hadley, Virginia, supports integration, though, and much of the community is outraged by the decision. As she starts school, Dawnie encounters the harsh realities of racism. But the backlash against her arrival at Prettyman Coburn is more than she's prepared for, and she begins to wonder if the hardship is worth it. Will Dawnie be able to hold on to the true meaning of justice and remain faithful to her own sense of integrity?

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Review quotes

Funny, determined, and insightful, With the Might of Angels introduces a new generation of kids to an important period in American history. This wonderful fictional character and her real-life heroes will inspire generations to come. — Sharon Robinson, critically acclaimed author of The Hero Two Doors Down

Dawnie is a wonderfully drawn character whose lively and poignant diary entries — including letters to her hero, Jackie Robinson — detail her dreams, fears, frustrations, and achievements, personalizing segregation's and integration's diverse impacts. — Booklist

Outstanding . . . Pinkney paints a vivid picture. — Kirkus Reviews
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Andrea Davis Pinkney(andreadavispinkney.com) is the New York Timesbestselling and award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults, and has been recognized by the Coretta Scott King Author Award committee with an honor for Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fightersand a medal for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. She is a four-time nominee for the NAACP Image Award. In addition to her work as an author, Ms. Pinkney is a publishing executive. She has been named one of the "25 Most Influential Black Women in Business" by The Network Journal, and is among Children's Health magazine's "25 Most Influential People in Our Children's Lives." You can follow her on Twitter @AndreaDavisPink.
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Scholastic Inc.
Publication date
April 20, 2019
Dear America
BISAC categories
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JUV016150 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States - 20th Century
JUV039120 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Prejudice & Racism
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