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Sounder by William H. Armstrong

“Sounder” by William H. Armstrong is a heartwarming story about a young African American boy and his loyal dog as they navigate poverty and injustice in the 19th century South.

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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison explores the devastating effects of racism and societal standards of beauty through the story of a young black girl named Pecola Breedlove.

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett is a powerful novel set in 1960s Mississippi, exploring the lives of African American maids and their relationships with white families.

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

“Of Mice and Men” tells the story of two migrant workers, George and Lennie, as they struggle to achieve their dream of owning a piece of land during the Great Depression.

As Fast As Words Could Fly
Grade 3

As Fast As Words Could Fly

Young Mason Steele takes pride in turning his father’s excited ramblings about the latest civil rights incidents into handwritten business letters. One day Pa comes home with a gift from his civil rights group: a typewriter. Thrilled with the present, Mason spends all his spare time teaching himself to type. Soon he knows where every letter on the keyboard is located. When the civil rights group wins a school desegregation case, Mason learns that now he will be attending a formerly all-white high school. Despite his fears and injustice from the students and faculty, Mason perseveres. He does well in school—especially in his typing class. And when he competes in the county typing tournament, Mason decides to take a stand, using his skills to triumph over prejudice and break racial barriers.

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