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Thirteen-year-old Billie Simms doesn’t think her hometown of Anniston, Alabama, should be segregated, but few of the town’s residents share her opinion. As equality spreads across the country and the Civil Rights Movement gathers momentum, Billie can’t help but feel stuck--and helpless--in a stubborn town too set in its ways to realize that the world is passing it by. So when Billie learns that the Freedom Riders, a group of peace activists riding interstate buses to protest segregation, will be traveling through Anniston on their way to Montgomery, she thinks that maybe change is finally coming and her quiet little town will shed itself of its antiquated views. But what starts as a series of angry grumbles soon turns to brutality as Anniston residents show just how deep their racism runs. The Freedom Riders will resume their ride to Montgomery, and Billie is now faced with a choice: stand idly by in silence or take a stand for what she believes in. Through her own decisions and actions and a few unlikely friendships, Billie is about to come to grips with the deep-seated prejudice of those she once thought she knew, and with her own inherent racism that she didn’t even know she had.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on September 1, 2015 by Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN-10: 0807570249
ISBN-13: 9780807570241
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  • hellokitty83105
    hellokitty83105Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 8:24 pm55 stars
    This book is a fresh perspective on segregation in the south.
    • waterlily1255
      waterlily1255Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 10:15 am44 stars
      The story is about a girl who learns that being white and not doing anything about segregation is bad and that she needs to stand up. She joins with a girl and learns how to be brave and see the world through somebody else's eyes.
      • memoiloveit
        memoiloveitThursday, July 21, 2016 at 9:29 am55 stars
        This book is a really good perspective of when America was segregated, in a place in Alabama called Anniston, where there were strong emotions that were mixed about segregation between blacks and whites. What's different about this book is that the protagonist is white and doesn't feel that there should be segregation while most people do. She and a few other people have to stand up to their own opinions; even Billie's dad likes segregation.
        • bookworm444
          bookworm444Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm55 stars
          It totally is
          • bookworm444
            bookworm444Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 5:09 pm55 stars
            I'm reading this book. It is amazing!!! If your a fan of historical fiction then read on! This book is about segregation, and a girl named Billie Sims and how she wants to fight with the "blacks" to freedom, after seeing a bus catch on fire:)
            • boomzoom
              boomzoomMonday, October 19, 2015 at 11:16 am
              it seems like a cool book!!!!

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