I read the book KizzyAnn Stamps by Jeri Watts. The book is set at a time when African Amercan children are just beginning to get to go to integrated schools. KizzyAnn is very excited about getting to going to a white school but her brother thinks that they should not go to the same school as white kids because white people are usually mean to them. KizzyAnn' s teacher at her old school tells her class that they are going to write to their new teacher to tell them about themselves. KizzyAnn writes to her new teacher not expecting a reply but she finds someone who listens to her and encourages her. Not everyone at school wants KizzyAnn to be there but KizzyAnn is courageous and tries to find her place in her new school.
I enjoyed reading this book because it helped me understand how blacks were treated many years ago. I have never read a historical fiction book from this time period. I was surprised at how discrimination affected so many things. For instance whites were allowed to have big libraries and African Americans only had worn out books in a small library. I was surprised how people treated KizzyAnn and her brother. I have brother and a sister from Ethiopia and I never knew that African Americans were not treated fairly. When I visited Ethiopia no one was unkind to me. This book helped me see how things used to be. I would like to learn more about this time.