For Alice Ann Moxley moving from Chicago to Mississippi in 1964 is like moving to another country. Alice’s father is an FBI agent who has been sent to protect Civil Rights workers and black people enrolling to vote. Alice just wants to make friends. But at school she is the ‘Yankee Girl’ and when Valerie, one of the first black students to go to a white school, is enrolled in her class, Alice is torn between being friends with Valerie and fitting in with the rest of her classmates. This moving and disturbing novel offers an insight into a period of American history characterized by deep seated racism and violent protests.
Recommended age: 12+