Fifteen-year-old Rob Garrett wants nothing more than to escape the segregated South and prove himself. But in late 1950s Virginia, opportunity doesn’t come easily to an African American. So Rob’s parents take the unusual step of enrolling their son in a Connecticut boarding school, where he will have the best education available. He will also be the first student of color in the school’s history. No matter—Rob Garrett is on his way. But times are changing. While Rob is experiencing the privilege and isolation of private school, a movement is rising back home. Men and women are organizing, demanding an end to segregation, and in Rob’s hometown, his friends are on the verge of taking action. There is even talk about sitting in at a lunch counter that refuses to serve black people. How can Rob hope to make a difference when he’s a world away?
Racial Diveristy; Race discrimination; segregation; racism
mother and father
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2005
Booklist Top 10 Black History Books for Youth, 2006
Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth, 2006
Core Collection: Social Class in Youth Fiction, 2007
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Ninth Edition, 2006
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2006
Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
prejudices; Jews; boarding school; protest
Houston, Julian, "New Boy" (2011). Diverse Families. 898.