Ruth And The Green Book – by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss, illustrator Floyd Cooper (2010)

Ruth and the green book

It’s the early 1950s, and young Ruth is excited. Her parents have just bought their first family car, and it’s a beauty! Now they can drive down to Alabama to visit relatives. Having grown up in Chicago, the family has been sheltered from the Jim Crow prejudice that is prevalent in the southern states. They are shocked when they are told they cannot use “white” bathrooms, eat in many restaurants, or rent a motel room.

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Lunch-Box Dream – by Tony Abbott (2011)

Lunch-Box Dream

The retro feel of this book cover caught my eye, and the description sounded like a good story with some substance to it. It is set in 1959, just when the Civil Rights movement was simmering. The book jumps back and forth between two families, one black and one white, each with their own unique problems.

Bobby is the main character. In addition to his parents having marital problems, he and his brother Ricky can’t stand each other. Bobby and his brother and mother are on a three-day road trip, driving their grandmother back to Florida. Along the way, they stop at Civil War battlefields because Ricky is obsessed with history, especially the Civil War.

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