This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality

In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one anoth In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann All...

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Title:This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality
Author:Jo Ann Allen Boyce
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1681198525
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality Reviews

  • Laura Gardner
    Nov 03, 2018
    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ? . ? ? ?????/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools?it comes out 1/8/19. . ? ? This is one of th...
  • Monica Edinger
    Apr 15, 2019
    Outstanding! ...
  • Roxanne Hsu Feldman
    Apr 09, 2019
    This verse memoir delivers punches, reflections, and vividly lived experiences of a 14-year-old African American student whose first year in the first integrated Tennessee state high school could teach us so much - about the danger of hateful ideologies and how easily people could be s...
  • Lorie Barber
    Mar 03, 2019
    Only five stars? Nope. Infinite stars for this compelling, beautifully-composed masterpiece, co-written by one of the original Clinton 12, Jo Ann Allen Boyce, and author Debbie Levy. I read this book cover-to-cover in one sitting, from the dedication and the introduction through th...
  • Edie
    Oct 09, 2018
    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a so...
  • Cindy Hudson
    Feb 21, 2019
    The story of how 12 black students integrated a public high school in Clinton, Tennessee, in 1956 is not as well known as other stories of children breaking down race barriers during that time. This Promise of Change: One Girl?s Story in the Fight for School Equality brings that even...
  • Tasha
    Jan 31, 2019
    This nonfiction novel in verse tells the story of Jo Ann Allen, one of the twelve African-American students who were among the first in the nation to integrate a segregated high school in the South. The small town of Clinton, Tennessee became one of the first communities to attempt des...
  • Julia
    Apr 26, 2019
    High 4-Sometimes novels in verse are hit or miss but this was really powerful. It was about the author's experience of going to Clinton High School, the first to integrate in the 1950's. This would be great paired up with "Lions of Little Rock." ...
  • Kelly Hager
    Jan 09, 2019
    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree....
  • Richie Partington
    Apr 12, 2019
    Richie?s Picks: THIS PROMISE OF CHANGE: ONE GIRL?S STORY IN THE FIGHT FOR SCHOOL EQUALITY by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy, Bloomsbury, January 2019, 320p., ISBN: 978-1-68119-852-1 ?You made me promises promises Knowing I?d believe Promises promises You knew you?d ...
  • Melissa
    Feb 28, 2019
    A true story of one of the integration of a southern H.S. that took place a year before events in Little Rock. Told through the eyes of 15 year old Jo Ann (the author), as she and eleven black classmates attempt to go to school at the white high school in Clinton, TN. The story is told...
  • Charlotte
    Sep 25, 2018
    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism) ...
  • Lisa
    Mar 16, 2019
    This Promise of Change is the story of Jo Ann Allen Boyce who was one of the Clinton 12 who fought for the right to be allowed to go to the same high school as the white students in Clinton, Tennessee. It takes place right after the Brown vs. The Board of Education decision by the Supr...
  • Kathy Martin
    Dec 16, 2018
    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted t...
  • Kari
    Jan 27, 2019
    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book! ...
  • Czechgirl
    Mar 13, 2019
    How wonderful that Jo Ann Allen wrote a novel for children to understand what she went through during desegregation and how she felt. I love that she wrote this in verse. I feel a story told in verse will attract more middle-grade readers; in turn, more learning about this and becoming...
  • Wayne McCoy
    Jan 26, 2019
    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s. In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrat...
  • Akoss
    Dec 01, 2018
    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Releasing 1/8/19 Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came bef...
  • Keshia
    Apr 10, 2019
    @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network, publisher @bloomsburypublishing, and author @debbielevybooks for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This is a nonfiction story of the first twelve students in Tennessee to integrate a high school, told...
  • Linda
    Feb 23, 2019
    A verse non-fiction book, written by one of the students who lived this "first" in 1956, the first school in the American south to integrate after the landmark Brown vs Education of 1954 case that decreed that separate schools for black and white children are "inherently unequal". Jo ...
  • Michele Knott
    Dec 28, 2018
    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers. ...
  • Caroline
    Mar 01, 2019
    A heartfelt biography told in verse (some free verse, some structured poems) from Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of the Clinton 12 who all bravely endured so much in desegregating their Tennessee high school in 1956. I had never read about the Clinton 12 prior to this, so I learned a lot and ...
  • Leonard Kim
    Jan 27, 2019
    Written with lightning ...
  • Memory Toast
    Feb 21, 2019
    There was much to love in this novel-in-verse style autobiography. The duo who wrote it harnessed the power of poetry and first person narrative masterfully. By using a variety of forms of poetry, Allen-Boyce and Levy convey a wide range of emotions. From seriousness to delight to ...
  • Hebah
    Jan 24, 2019
    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration. With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quie...
  • Beth Anderson
    Feb 05, 2019
    History has a lot to offer. And when books allow us to empathize and connect with people of the past, we have an opportunity to understand times and events on a human level. This is one of those books that touches the heart and will resonate as kids view the world today. A first-per...
  • Bethany M. Edwards
    Sep 18, 2018
    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School wa...
  • Amanda Sanders
    Jan 07, 2019
    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo...
  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    Dec 31, 2018
    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher. School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that?s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia?s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal gover...
  • 3queensread
    Feb 22, 2019
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This book was amazing. A gut wrenching story that needed to be told and that everyone should read. Everyone talks about desegregation like I was hundreds of years ago but it wasn't. Thi...