Valerie's voice is as sweet as honey. She's the obvious choice to star in the Nativity. But this is Mississippi, 1964, and Valerie is the first black student to attend her school. Alice is torn between standing up for Valerie and being popular with the in-crowd. It takes a tragedy for Alice to find the courage to act. A truly resonant story about racism and doing the right thing, based on the author's own experiences. With internet links to recommended websites about the American Civil Rights Movement.
"A wonderful book about the power of friendship which will appeal to all ages." - School Librarian Journal
"Rodman's well paced novel is unputdownable and the events she describes riveting." - Books for Keeps
"Along with "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" and "To Kill A Mockingbird", it will change the way [young people] understand the modern world and the people who live in it." - Write Away