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Bridges, Ruby.
New York : Scholastic, 1999.
IL 3-6, RL 6.2
ISBN 0590189239

November 14, 1960, New Orleans---a six-year-old girl changes history. The tiny first grader is Ruby Bridges, and she was the first African American child to attend an all-white school in the Deep South. She needed to be escorted by U. S. Marshals to protect her from a mob of angry white people, mostly housewives and teenagers, who jeered and taunted Ruby. Many parents pulled their children out of the school rather than have them schooled with an African American child, so Ruby was kept separate from the other children. Ruby Bridges tells her story in a very personal, honest and even loving way, if more than a bit bewildered. Quotations from magazines and books of the day as well as  chilling photographs give the story its place in the America of forty years ago. The book ends with an update on what happened to Ruby after this courageous girl grew up. A moving historical document, this is a must read!  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)

SUBJECTS:      Bridges, Ruby.
                        African Americans -- Biography.
                        School integration -- Louisiana -- New Orleans
                        New Orleans (La.) -- Race relations.


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