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Freedom Summer
By Jerome Lagarrigue (illustrator) and Deborah Wiles
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Atheneum
Publication date January 1, 2001
Binding School and Library
Book category Easy Fiction
ISBN-13 9780689830167
ISBN-10 0689830165
Dimensions 0.50 by 10.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $18.99
Other format details juvenile
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Joe and John Henry are the best of friends, but being black in the South in 1964, John Henry is not allowed to do everything his friend can, until the Civil Rights Act is passed and Joe and his friend challenge the prejudices of the town.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: John Henry swims better than anyone I know.
He crawls like a catfish,
blows bubbles like a swamp monster,
but he doesn't swim in the town pool with me.
He's not allowed.

Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to be firemen, and they both love to swim.
But there's one important way they're different: Joe is white and John Henry is black and in the South in 1964, that means John Henry isn't allowed to do everything his best friend is.
Then a law is passed that forbids segregation and opens the town pool to everyone. Joe and John Henry are so excited they race each other there...only to discover that it takes more than a new law to change people's hearts.
This stirring account of the "Freedom Summer" that followed the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 powerfully and poignantly captures two boys' experience with racism and their friendship that defies it.

Editions
Paperback
Book cover for 9780061099359 Book cover for 9780689878299
 
Reprint edition from Aladdin Paperbacks (January 6, 2005)
9780689878299 | details & prices | 32 pages | 10.00 × 9.00 × 0.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | 0.30 lbs | List price $7.99
About: In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is colored, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.
With A. A. Attanasio | Reprint edition from Harpercollins (March 1, 1992); titled "Hunting the Ghost Dancer"
9780061099359 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $4.99
This edition also contains Hunting the Ghost Dancer
About: In order to be accepted into a new tribe, Timov and Hamr, two survivors of a doomed people, must hunt the savage ghost dancer, a vicious Neanderthal that has been terrorizing the tribe.
School and Library
Book cover for 9780689830167
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Atheneum (January 1, 2001)
9780689830167 | details & prices | 10.50 × 9.50 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 3-4 | 0.90 lbs | List price $18.99
About: In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is colored, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.
Reinforced
Book cover for 9780606333795
 
from Demco Media (January 1, 2005)
9780606333795 | details & prices | 10.25 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | 0.80 lbs | List price $15.85
About: In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is colored, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781439590584
 
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (April 9, 2009)
9781439590584 | details & prices | 32 pages | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | List price $16.99

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