Walking to the Bus-Rider Blues
"Oh, I'm singing the bus-rider blues,
the Alabamy bus-rider blues.
I got me a feeling, deep down inside,
It ain't never ever gonna be the same."
During the Alabama bus boycott, six months after Rosa Parks made her famous bus protest, Alfa Merryfield and his family struggle to pay the rent. But someone keeps stealing their rent money -- and now someone is accusing them...more
Set against the backdrop of Alabama in 1956 during the bus boycott, it provides an engaging way to garner a deep understanding of historic events. The reality of living in those times and the impact of Rosa Parks actions is experienced vicariously through the protagonists.
It is the story of two black children, Alfa, and his sister, Zinnia, who live with their aging grandmother, Big Mama. They all have to work to get by, but their rent money keeps disappearing. When they are a...more
I liked the characters of the book and how they applied the scientific process to solving their problems... but I didn't like the ending... and maybe I wasn't supposed to. No one acknockledged any wrongdoing; no on apologized; no "real" happy ending was in sight.
I will still recommend this book to my students as they study the Civil Rights Movement.