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With the might of angels Dear America, the diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson
Publication Information:
[New York] : Scholastic Audiobooks, p2011.
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6 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Compact discs.
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In the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, twelve-year-old Dawn Rae Johnson is sent to a previously all-white school in the fall of 1955. As she quickly learns, racism is rife at her new school. When her brother is bullied and her father loses his job, Dawnie starts to question if integration is worth the trouble.


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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 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.

However, not everyone supports integration and much of the town is outraged at the decision. Dawnie must endure the harsh realities of racism firsthand, while continuing to work hard to get a good education and prove she deserves the opportunity. But the backlash against Dawnie's attendance of an all-white school is more than she's prepared for. W

Author Notes

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the author of more than twenty books for children and young adults, including the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters ; Duke Ellington , a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Book; Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation ; and most recently the New York Times bestseller Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down . She lives in New York City, where she also works as a children's book editor.

Channie Waites is a performing and teaching artist ranging the genres of dance, theater, audiobooks, annd voiceovers. She has received several awards for her work as an audiobook narrator including AudioFiles' Best Audiobooks of the Year in 2009.



From Dear America: With the Might of Angels This morning when I sat down, Daddy took a break from his breakfast reading. The little smile playing in his eyes told me a surprise was brewing. He looked at me for a long moment. "Happy birthday, Dawnie." Then he pushed that New York paper under my nose. "Here, child." He was eager to show me the front page headline. "Clip this for your new diary." I looked carefully. Daddy told me to read what I saw. He said, "Speak loud enough to scare some pigeons." I read slowly, pressing each word into the warm morning air. Washington - May 17, 1954 High Court Bans School Segregation: 9-to-0 Decision Grants Time to Comply Seems Mama already knew the news. Didn't take her but a minute to hand me a pair of scissors from her sewing basket, and a tin of paste from her craft bin. "Make your birthday book look pretty," Goober said. Nobody even had to tell me what to do. I knew right off why those scissors and paste brush were suddenly in my hands. I've carefully glued the headline right here as a memory of the day I turned twelve. Excerpted from With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson - Hadley, Virginia, 1954 by Andrea Davis Pinkney All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.