Synopses & Reviews
FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN WHITE AND BLACK in 1950s Tennessee. Tony Johnston draws on her own childhood memories to limn a portrait of a sensitive and compassionate boy fighting for a friendship his father forbids. David's daddy is determined that his son will grow up to be a doctor like himself. David studies the human bones, and secretly teaches them in turn to his black friend, Malcolm. In a rage, Dr. Church forbids Malcolm to ever enter their home--and threatens to kill him if he does. David tries to change his daddy's mind. but when Malcolm crosses the line, Dr. Church grabs his shotgun.
Drawing on her own childhood memories of growing up in the South, noted picture book author Johnston pens a novel that portrays a friendship between two young boys--one white, one black--in 1950s Tennessee.
About the Author
Tony Johnston, author of Any Small Goodness, grew up in the South and now lives in San Marino, California. This is her first book for Roaring Brook Press.