With the Might of Angels (Dear America)

With the Might of Angels (Dear America)
Age Range
8+
Release Date
April 30, 2019
ISBN
978-1338530957
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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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Historical Fiction with Meaning and Heart
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5.0
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Scholastic is bringing us new editions of the Dear America series and I couldn't be happier. I loved this series growing up and I'm happy to see that kids will still be reading it. Dear America series brings us important history topics that we should learn from. They take us into the shoes of others who didn't have the easiest time in life, but they grew stronger and paved the way to our future because of it.

WITH THE MIGHT OF ANGELS is in diary format and focuses on Dawn Rae Johnson who becomes the first African-American to attend a school that was previously all white people. This is a huge step in history that brings us to the integration we have today, but for Dawn Rae Johnson, it wasn't easy. She tries to be brave, especially when her school attendance has a domino effect on others. Her dad loses his job and her brother is bullied.

Dawn Rae Johnson teaches us that change doesn't come easy, but it's worth it. She also teaches us that justice will always prevail. I love the bravery she shows and Dawn Rae Johnson is someone to be inspired by. No matter how difficult things become, she knows in her heart that what she's doing is right. Dawn Rae Johnson is someone children can relate to and learn from.


Final Verdict: I recommend this to fans of the Dear America Series, stories about sensitive topics like racism and segregation, and historical fiction.
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