Dear America: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson
Coretta Scott King winner Andrea Davis Pinkney brings her talents to a brand-new Dear America diary about the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1955, twelve-year-old Dawn Rae Johnson's life turns upside down. After the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Dawnie learns she will be attending a previously all-white school. She's the only one of her friends to go to this new school and to leave the comfort of all that is familiar to face great uncertainty in the school year ahead. In 1954 Hadley, Virginia, 12-year-old Dawnie Rae Johnson, a tomboy who excels at baseball and at her studies, becomes the first African-American student to attend the all-white Prettyman Coburn school, turning her world upside down. Includes historical notes about the period.