Hey everybody! I’m back with a review of another great book! I really enjoyed reading Between the Lines, by Claudia Whitsitt. Between the Lines is a great novel about a young girl in 1967 as she struggles with society’s acceptance (or lack thereof) of African Americans. As the book goes on, the character is very persistent in the idea of acceptance- an idea that we still struggle with today. Keep reading to find my review, and learn more about the book and the author. Don’t forget to check out the rafflecopter!
About the Book
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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I have recently been really into all historical fiction. So when I saw Between the Lines, I was really excited. I wasn’t disappointed. From the beginning, I was drawn in to the story. It is filled with emotion- happy, sad, angry, Whitsitt is able to make her reader feel the emotions of her characters. In a world still struggling with acceptance, it is very easy to relate to the character’s struggles. I absolutely loved every second of the book. I recommence this book to parents who are looking to teach their children to accept people, no matter their differences.
One thing I loved about the book is the way Whitsitt introduces new words. As a novel aimed at younger readers, it introduces many new words. The main character, a reader and writer, loves to practice her vocabulary as she is telling the story- but as she does, she tells her reader what the words mean. This book is a great way for a young reader to improve his or her vocabulary, while reading a book with an important lesson.
I didn’t really find anything wrong with the book. I loved the story, and the way the author tells it while capturing the heart- and emotions- of her readers. The characters in the story are full of life and very well developed And it is a great teaching tool; it teaches important lessons and will help strengthen vocabularies.
Between the Lines is another book I give five stars to. I didn’t want to put it down, and would love to read more. It is a great book to share with your child or read for yourself.
“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.
“Between the Lines” Blog Tour Schedule (2015)
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Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice
Contest closes: June 7, 11:59 pm, 2015
Open to: Internationally
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