Piece by piece, James William’s comfortable life in 1933 Mississippi begins to unravel. First, he learns that the burning of a black man’s house was not accidental. Then his fishing buddy LeRoy tells him about the hanging tree and the Klan.
A thought-provoking story of one white boy’s loss of naïvete in the face of harsh historical realities, Mississippi Morning will challenge young readers to question their own assumptions and confront personal decisions. [Publisher’s description.]
Credit: Written by Ruth Vander Zee and illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2004.
Location: National, Mississippi
Type: Book – Picture Book
Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6
Time Period: 1925-1949