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Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) (Hardcover)

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Sharon Robinson, the daughter of the great Jackie Robinson, tells her honest, heartfelt story in this beautiful memoir that shows what it's like to fight hate with love. The year is 1963: Sharon turns 13, and the governor Of Alabama declares “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” We learn about the Birmingham Children’s crusade, and what it means to be a teenager facing this kind of discrimination head on. This memoir reads like fiction and is a must have for school and home libraries.

— Tonya

Sharon Robinson, the daughter of the great Jackie Robinson, tells her honest, heartfelt story in this beautiful memoir that shows what it's like to fight hate with love. The year is 1963: Sharon turns 13, and the governor Of Alabama declares “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” We learn about the Birmingham Children’s crusade, and what it means to be a teenager facing this kind of discrimination head on. This memoir reads like fiction and is a must have for school and home libraries.

— Tonya

— From Staff Suggestions — Kids 8-12 Years

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An incredible memoir from Sharon Robinson about one of the most important years of the civil rights movement.

In January 1963, Sharon Robinson turns thirteen the night before George Wallace declares on national television "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" in his inauguration speech as governor of Alabama. It is the beginning of a year that will change the course of American history.

As the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, Sharon has opportunities that most people would never dream of experiencing. Her family hosts multiple fund-raisers at their home in Connecticut for the work that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is doing. Sharon sees her first concert after going backstage at the Apollo Theater. And her whole family attends the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

But things don't always feel easy for Sharon. She is one of the only Black children in her wealthy Connecticut neighborhood. Her older brother, Jackie Robinson Jr., is having a hard time trying to live up to his father's famous name, causing some rifts in the family. And Sharon feels isolated-struggling to find her role in the civil rights movement that is taking place across the country.

This is the story of how one girl finds her voice in the fight for justice and equality.

About the Author


Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction. She has also written several widely praised nonfiction books about her father, including Jackie's Nine, Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By, and Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America.

Praise For…


* "A lovingly honest memoir of a racial-and social activist-past that really hasn't passed." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781338282801
ISBN-10: 1338282808
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 240