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With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson, Hadley, Virginia, 1954
Dear America Series Book #40 of 43 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney

Book Info

Published on September 1, 2011
Age Group: 8 - 13 years
Reading Level: AR: 4.8 (8.0 Points, Quiz #146291)
GLE: 2.4
DRA: 50
Lexile® measure: 740L

In 1955 Hadley, Virginia, twelve-year-old Dawnie Rae Johnson, a tomboy who excels at baseball and at her studies, becomes the first African American student to attend the all-white Prettyman Coburn school, turning her world upside down. Includes historical notes about the period.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
It's early, before the sun even knows she's got sleep in her eyes.

Back Cover:
My name is Dawnie. This is my story….
Twelve-year-old Dawnie Rae Johnson's life turns upside down after the Supreme Court rules in favor of desegregation in the landmark case
Brown v. Board of Education. Her parents decide that Dawnie will attend Prettyman Coburn, a previously all-white school - but she'll be the only one of her friends to enroll in this new school.

Not everyone in Hadley supports integration, though, and much of the town is outraged at the decision. As she starts school, Dawnie endures the harsh realities of racism. But the backlash against her attendance of Prettyman Coburn is more than she's prepared for, and she begins to wonder if the hardship is worth it. Will Dawnie be able to hold on to the true meaning of justice and remain faithful to her own integrity?

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ISBN-10: 0545297052
ISBN-13: 9780545297059
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