This is an incredibly POWERFUL book! I found myself drawn into David & Malcolm's friendship as they struggled to understand/cope with the intense racism of 1950's Tennessee. Though the author is well-know for picture books, this book is most assuredly for the older range of the Newbery readership. Has anyone else read it? What did you think?
I agree that this was strong historical fiction. The only thing about it that bothered me was that I felt that transitions were nearly absent from the story. From paragraph to paragraph, the narrative jumped from scene to scene. It bothered me as I was reading. I felt that this decision on the author's part weakened the literary quality. But maybe it's just me.