Thirteen-year-old Billie Sims is restless. From the front porch of her house in Anniston, Alabama, she watches the Greyhound bus whiz by every day and imagines where it's going. As the Civil Rights Movement gathers momentum across the country, Billie can't help but feel stuck in a stubborn town too set in its ways. So when she learns that the Freedom Riders, a group of peace activists protesting segregation on interstate buses, will be traveling through Anniston, she thinks change is finally coming. But what starts as angry grumbles soon turns to brutality.
Through her own decisions and actions and a few unlikely friendships, Billie is about to come to grips with the deep-seated prejudice of those she though she knew, and with her own inherent racism she didn't even know she had.
REVIEW BY: Michaela, age 11 years, 3 months
MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:
You will be blown away with this book! Imagine traveling back in time when things were bad with racism in the South.
This book is great and I learned a lot from this book. My favorite characters are Billie and Grant because they are strong and they want to change racism.
This book may be too intense for younger readers.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend if for ages 10-15 years old.
This book was published on September 1, 2015.