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With the Might of Angels (Dear America)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  418 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Coretta Scott King winner Andrea Davis Pinkney brings her talents to a brand-new Dear America diary about the Civil Rights Movement.

FORMAT: 4 CDs, Unabridged

In the fall of 1955, twelve-year-old Dawn Rae Johnson's life turns upside down. After the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Dawnie learns she will be attending a previously all-white sch
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Published September 1st 2011 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Rochetta G
What inspiration! This book was a breath of fresh air. This book begins one month before the Supreme Court ruling in the case of brown vs. the Board of Education. Dawnie Rae Johnson was twelve year old at the time. She learns she will be the only black attending an all-white school. She lived with two hard working parents; her mother had her own business of which she did laundry for town’s people. She had formulated her own pressing starch. Her father worked for the local dairy store until they ...more
Dawnie Rae Johnston begins her diary on her twelth birthday in 1954, the day after the Supreme Court decision ending segregation in schools. Dawnie is one of the top students in her grade at her segregated school, but she wishes she could go to the white school in town, which is a much nicer building, with new books and supplies and even a baseball field. When Dawnie's parents decide to enroll her at the white school for the following school year, she is excited to be attending such a nice schoo ...more
Sana Maria Soufi
With The Might of Angels
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336 Pages
Finished on 12/15/12

This true story is about the young, bright, African American girl, Dawnie Rae Johnson. Her friends and "special" brother, Goober make up most of her life. Segregation rules her life. Dawnie is skilled enough to attend Prettyman Elementary, the best all white school in her town. Not everyone is thrilled that Dawnie is attending Prettyman. People jeer at her and make fun of her. Dawnie keeps her head up and stays and excels at Prettym
Kelsey Hanson
This is another book that makes me appreciate how easy it was for me to get publication. The amount of hatred and racism that early black students had to face is astounding. Not only was it extremely challenging for them to integrate but once there they still felt enormous amounts of petty cruelty and prejudice. This character has a lot of spunk and is generally likeable but some of her dialogue doesn't always seem natural for a girl of her age even for the time period.
A fluffy read. Just what I wanted.
A true gem in the 'Dear America' series, Andrea Davis Pinkney writes a story that takes the reader along Dawnie Rae's journey of integrating her local school in Hadley, Virginia. The novel shows the struggles that she faced from locals, students, teachers, even the principal and how she dealt with the drama stoically and with great strength from a young girl. It was a full account that brought up some details that I wasn't aware of or even read in other books! Ms. Pinkney did a wonderful job in ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
The newest in Scholastic's relaunch of its beloved Dear America series, this book by award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney tells the story of Dawnie Rae Johnson, a fictional twelve-year old Virginia girl who's the first to desegregate an all white school in the wake of Brown vs. Board of Education.

Dawnie tells us she's always been blessed with the gift of gab, so a diary is a perfect birthday gift, especially prized since it was made by her little brother, Goober. It seems her dream is comi
During the 1953-1954 school year, Dawnie is a normal 12 year old African-American girl living in the small town of Hadley in Virginia. Her town is strictly divided along color lines. She's forbidden by her parents to go to Ivorytown the white section of town but that doesn't stop her from dreaming about the brand new school there. Dawnie dreams of becoming a doctor and she knows that the stinky, falling down school and ancient tattered textbooks of her school won't help her achieve her dream. Da ...more
This Corretta Scott award winning historical fiction novel is about a black girl name Dawnie Rae Johnson. Her life is told as she lived through the era of segregation. After the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Dawnie learns she will be attending a previously all-white school. She's the only one of her friends to go to this new school and to leave the comfort of all that is familiar to face great uncertainty in the school year ahead. She and her family went through hard times ...more
I've always liked the Dear America series. A first-person perspective with all the detail of a biography, the writers manage to give us enough plot and dialog to keep it from being bogged down in "Dear Diary... today I..." language that typically fills diaries and bores me to tears. With the Might of Angels is a powerful account of civil rights and school integration, jam-packed with real-life emotion and actual historical figures. I think young readers will be especially touched by this noveliz ...more
Good book that teaches about the integration of schools. Sad that most white people were so close minded back then. Craved fried pickles after this. Dawnie was a likable character. The panic monster noise thing was a little weird. I also enjoyed the church sessions where they were praising.
I listened to this on audio. This was great - I'd never read one of the books in this series on audio and it was lovely! Andrea Davis Pinkney does a fantastic job portraying the life of a brave girl integrating an all-white school in Virginia in 1954. Dawnie's voice is pure and honest and the narrator did a great job. One of my favorite parts about the Dear America books is their extensive historical note at the end, after the Epilogue, however the audiobook did not contain this, which upset me. ...more
This was an emotional and moving story, made more so because the author endured the process of desegregation herself (albeit a decade later) to create educational opportunities for future generations.
Lydia Wede
This book is about Dawnie who was one of the first black people to go to a colored school.

I gave it three stars because living up North it is really hard for me to imagine this.
I loved this book. A great historic fiction regarding segregation and integration. This is written as a diary from the view point of a 7th grade black girl who is chosen to integrate an all white school. It makes me sick to my stomach sometimes to read history and the awful things the human race puts one another through. Even modern day times are full of injustices and cruelties. What a place it would be if we all treated each other as the children of God that we are.

I love Dawnie's character. I
May 26, 2012 Marcia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 3 and up
This book reminded me how good the Dear America series is. Like others in that series, this one is written by a top-notch author, and is a factionalized biography introducing issues of the day. Dawnie Rae Johnston is the first black girl to integrate her school. The racial tensions of the time become part of this 7th grader's daily life, as she tries to make friends and do well in school. She loves baseball and is a fan of Jackie Robinson.Her patience is tested by younger brother Goober, who we ...more
Plot: Sixth grader Dawnie Rae Johnson is chosen to be one of the first black students to desegregae a white school in the south.

This is part of the Dear America series. I put it on my "to-read" shelf when I saw it come in to our library branch. I'm glad I read it. Dawnie is a smart, spunky girl who holds herself strong in the face of teasing, insults, and teachers who purposely make school difficult for her. The author uses her research and family experiences to create Dawnie's world. I came awa
Kimberly Tardy
I really enjoyed getting to know Dawnie and her passion for playing baseball and bouncing on her pogo stick. It sends a great message to kids that although life can be tough -- it's possible to get through the rough parts with the love of family, friends and faith in yourself. I really liked how the author worked in elements like the dairy boycott and showed how the black community effected real change by sticking to their principles. Dawnie's friend Gertie was an unexpected treat and gave the n ...more
Great story, I'm sure we all wish we could be as brave as Dawnie.
Sarah Sullivan
Rereading Dear America favorites and reading newer ones for the first time for an upcoming Slatebreakers post has been really fun. This series is pretty consistently high quality. I hadn't read this one growing up, but it was quite good, with a fantastic main character and a willingness to take on challenging topics and avoid endings that are too easy. Full review up at Slatebreakers at
Dawnie Rae Johnson wants to grow up to be a doctor. As a young black girl growing up in the south in the 1950's, her dream seemed to be out of reach.

Memorable line "...dirt from sliiiiiiding into home base tastes sweeter than brown sugar."

Heat, baseball, church, school, friends, Dawnie's life felt very familiar.
Wow. Thats what i can say. I really loved this book and it shows Dawns hardships. I felt like i was in her situations and tried thinking about what i would do. This books/diary makes you look back in time and notice the hardships happened during the Civil Rights Movement. I would recommend this book to many people. :)
Dec 2012 - It's rare that a book like this would keep me up at night, but it did. As far as the Dear America series goes, this is probably the best I've read. I appreciated the authors thoughtful, age-appropriate treatment of a difficult period of American history. Definitely putting this on a couple students' reading lists
I listened to this audiobook simply because it was available and I was about to embark on a long car ride. It was interesting, but definitely written for a young audience. Would definitely recommend to tweens and teens to learn more about the Civil Rights movement.
'With the Might of Angels' was another amazing book in the Dear America series. I love the way the author portrays the main character, Dawnie. She is absolutely unstoppable! This book is now one of my favorite diaries in the Dear America's.
I loved this book, especially the way Dawnie challenged herself and decided to be the only colored person at Prettyman Coburn. She learned alot including no matter anybody's race, religion, or ethnicity people are always going to be people.
The Dear America books do a great job of making historical events kid friendly. The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson shows how the turmoil of integration in the 50's affected one girl and her family as they endure horrible racism in Virginia.
I'm unsure if I should base my rating on my enjoyment of the book or what I thought of the book for our preteen. My rating for this is based on the latter. Published for juveniles, it was fabulous for our 11 year-old and she loved it.
Interesting to read about integration in the South through the eyes of an African-American young girl attending an all-white school in the 1960's. She was a brave girl but her family became brave too.
I didn't like how Goober was shoehorned in, but despite the tried and true format of a Dear America diary, I really liked this book... It was a hard read at times but it was a hard subject...
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Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Duke Ellington, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award; and Alvin Ailey, a Parenting Publication Gold medal winne ...more
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