2017 International Book Awards: Best New Fiction, Finalist
2017 International Book Awards: Social Change, Finalist
2017 Living Now Book Awards: Silver Medal, Inspirational Fiction
The time is 1968. The place is Montgomery, Alabama. The story is one of resilience in the face of discrimination and bullying. Using the racially charged word “Negro,” two Caucasian boys repeatedly bully Miss Annie Loomis—the first African-American teacher at the all-white Wyatt Elementary School. At the same time, using the hateful word “harelip,” the boys repeatedly bully Miss Loomis’s eleven-year-old Caucasian student, Lisa Parker, who was born with cleft palate and cleft lip. Who will best the bullies? Only Lisa’s mood ring knows for sure.
Author: Leah Harper Bowron
Publication Date: July 11, 2017