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Crossing the Line: A Novel of the American Civil Rights Movement
by Rob Hinton
Crossing the Line is a novel that revisits Montgomery, Alabama, in the 1950s. Author Rob Hinton tells the story of Jasper Burroughs, a young black man who witnesses the Rosa Park incident, and along with his student friends, works to fight the injustice of segregation.
The reader meets a young minister named Martin Luther King and learns of the critical role that King play...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published January 15th 2003 by Barbed Wire Publishing
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While the character and plot development in this novel are not very compelling, I found myself considering, repeatedly, how I would incorporate it into a unit on freedom and/or social justice. It would be a great read for a middle school tutorial class, presenting many opportunities to build literacy (and thank goodness the copyeditor did an exceptional job because is there anything worse than using a poorly edited book in an English class?) while also giving a simple overview of the racial ...more