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Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  14 reviews
An incredible memoir from Sharon Robinson about one of the most important years of the civil rights movement.
In January 1963, Sharon Robinson turns thirteen the night before George Wallace declares on national television "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" in his inauguration speech as governor of Alabama. It is the beginning of a year that will c
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Press
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Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Scholastic for the ARC at BEA 2019, and to Sharon Robinson for signing my copy!

This book is Sharon Robinson, the daughter of Jackie Robinson, telling the story of living through 1963 with her family. It's meant for middle schoolers, but I feel the story resonates strongly for all ages. I am grateful that Sharon took the time to show us a different side of her father, a man who wasn't just a great baseball player, but an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement. My only complaint
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Barbara
When I first started reading this book by the only daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson, I was uncertain about how the story would play out. After all, it starts with Sharon on the verge of turning 13 and concerned with a school dance and her horse Diamond. How would any of that play into the civil rights movement topic promised by the book title. I need not have fretted since the author's personal stories and recollections of growing up in Connecticut and being awakened to the political m ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus



In this fiction-style memoir, Robinson recounts the personal and world events that occurred when she turned 13 in 1963. Sharon's father, baseball player Jackie Robinson, was hospitalized for a leg injury that became infected and worsened due to his diabetes, her older brother is having difficulties and runs away from home, and has to come to terms with the growing racial tensions in the US and how they affect her. This is especially important when George Wallace d
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Saloni
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Scholastic for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Sharon Robinson for signing my copy!

This book is a memoir of Sharon Robinson's childhood as her father, the famous Jackie Robinson, fought in the Civil Rights movement. While Sharon tells the story well, this book is written largely for elementary/middle-schoolers. It touches on some of the darker themes such as the bombing of churches and the hosing of protesting, but it doesn't have the necessary impact t
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Danielle Masterson
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for this eARC. Spending the year with Sharon Robinson is a delight, even as she struggles to find her spot in the civil rights movement. The writing is simple, putting you in the mind of a 13-year-old. Seeing Jackie Robinson at home, through the eyes of his daughter, was my favorite part of this memoir.
Genevieve
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the @kidlitexchange network, publisher @scholasticinc, and #sharonrobinson for sharing the review copy of Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963. All opinions are my own.

How do I even begin to praise this book? It’s not just a book- Sharon Robinson pulls you into her world and shares her 13-year-old-self’s dreams of fitting into her skin and her place in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. But Sharon Robinson doesn’t just tell her story with facts and dates. She shows the reader
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Jules Leigh
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A friend of mine received this ARC edition of this book and allowed me to borrow it!
This is the book I read in one sitting for the reading rush. I started reading this book at midnight and finished at 3:30 in the morning! I listen to a Motown playlist on Spotify while reading this because, A) Motown is one of my favorite musical genres and B) it completely enhanced the story. Ms. Robinson would be telling about all the music she listened to and then a song by that artist would play. The music
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Chelsea
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won an ARC (advanced reader's copy) of this book through a Goodreads giveaway hosted by Scholastic. My opinion is my own, as usual.

This is a wonderful introduction to the Civil Rights Movement. Sharon Robinson explains what it's like to be black in a predominantly white school while being relatable to the average kid. I think this would be a great book to present the Civil Rights Movement to kids in older elementary and early middle school. The reason I recommend this book for younger kids is
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Ron
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I got an advanced reader copy of this book. If you're looking for a book that is full of action, this isn't the book for you (which might turn a lot of people away). However, if you're looking for a book that gives a 13 year old's perspective on segregation in the early 1960s, then this is a great read. I've read the author before and she does a great job of presenting facts in a story telling manner.
Ellen
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
While I realize the value of this memoir, and I appreciated learning more about the Robinson family's contributions to the Civil Rights movement, I just found this book to be a bit too slow for me to really love. I found myself debating whether or not to finish it multiple times, but I knew I wanted to get to the interesting parts of the story, so I pushed through. The middle--> ending was much better than the beginning for me, but overall, I had to struggle to finish.
AMY
Sep 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Middle School
227 pages. This book is written by Jackie Robinson’s daughter Sharon. It has real photos from history with her dad. It starts off talking about her as a 13-year-old. I read about one chapter and I think it is really written for MS or older. The reading level seems higher, as well. I would skip it at the elementary level. Not recommended.
Josephine Burks
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a personal reflection from Sharon Robinson (daughter of the Great Jackie Robinson); it was nice to read about the perspective of a child, what life was like in the tumultuous ‘60s living as a child of color in the U.S. Written for younger readers, I still enjoyed it and will be recommending this for my daughters as they get older.
Donna Dube
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible story

The author had a up close view of the civil rights. I love how she told this story from the perspective of a 13 year old black girl with a famous father.
Laura
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-mt-bookpile
My middle school students have been exploring memoirs so I'm always on the lookout for a new one that they can read. This is a different take on 1963, written by the daughter of Jackie Robinson, centering on her life both as his daughter and growing up in Connecticut in the early 60s. A definite purchase.

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