Whitewash

Title

Whitewash

Authors

Ntozake Shange

Illustrator

Michael Sporn

Publisher

Walter Publishing Company

Publication Year

1997

ISBN

9780802784902

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A young African-American girl is traumatized when a gang attacks her and her brother on their way home from school and spray-paints her face white. Based on a true story.

Grade Level

K-3; 3-5

Diversity Topics

Racial Diversity; Race discrimination; racism

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Black

Family Formation

grandmother

Awards

Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 12th Edition, 1999
Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 1998 Grades K-8
Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of the Social Studies, 1997
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 1998 Contemporary Issues

Keywords

hate crime; bullying; friendship; brother and sister; depression; fear; face paint; recovery

Diversity Impact

direct

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