This Promise of Change by Jo Ann Allen Boyce

This Promise of Change

In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another. Uneasiness turned into anger, and even the Clinton Twelve themselves wo...

Details This Promise of Change

TitleThis Promise of Change
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury Children's Books
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Poetry

Reviews This Promise of Change

  • Bethany M. Edwards
    This non-fiction novel in verse is the story of the 12 students at Central High School in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee who caught the nation's attention. This never been told, first-hand account will enrapture readers, young and old, of what happened when Clinton High School was integrated after the Supreme Court passed Brown v. Board of Education.The Promise of Change was done in part by one of the 12 students, Jo Ann Allen. I have bee...
  • Leonard Kim
    Written with lightning
  • Kari
    Wiping away tears as I finish. What a book!
  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher.School integration and the Deep South have quite the history that’s far too recent for my tastes. When Georgia’s resistance to integration dragged on into the 1970s and forced the federal government to get involved, my own mother had to fight to stay in public school with her friends; my great-grandparents tried to put her in a private school that had been se...
  • Kelly Hager
    Schools being desegregated feels like centuries ago, at least to me. It's not that far, though. My mom was in high school when her school was integrated (in Delaware), and while she doesn't remember any problems, I'd be very curious what her new classmates felt and if they would agree.This is an astonishing book full of incredibly brave people. Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve people in her Tennessee high school to go to the formerly all white scho...
  • Michele Knott
    I wish more classrooms had books like this at the ready for when discussing the time periods the books cover in class. When you learn something out of a textbook, the history feels disjointed. Books like this makes history come to life and become more meaningful for readers.
  • Charlotte
    powerful and moving, memorable as all get out, and such an important story. I would have given it a fifth star except that, although I liked the free verse sections, I found the more formal poetic verse sections awkward to read (a preference, more than a criticism)
  • Laura Gardner
    Thanks to @bloomsburypublishing for this free book (that I LOVED) to share w @kidlitexchange . ❤.〰〰⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for sure! Put this #civilrights memoir on your purchase list for all middle schools and high schools—it comes out 1/8/19..〰〰This is one of the very best nonfiction books in verse I have ever read. The combination of Jo Ann Allen Boyce’s searing first person account of her experience integrating Clinton High School in ...
  • Kathy Martin
    This is the story of a little known (now) part of the Civil Rights Movement. In the fall of 1956, twelve black students entered Clinton (Tennessee) High School as the first desegregated high school in the South. Jo Ann Allen Boyce was fifteen and one of those students. She lasted through an eventful semester with riots, Ku Klux Klan cross burnings, and national attention. She also personally dealt with harassment from other students and a strong ...
  • Akoss
    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Releasing 1/8/19Change is slow to come. The privilege I am benefiting from today as a Black woman was earned by those who came before me and fought against segregation. Jo Ann Allen Boyce personal account of what it was like being part of the 12 Black students sent to an all-white high school in Clint...
  • Wayne McCoy
    'This Promise of Change' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy tells the heartbreaking story of one girl's fight to integrate with 11 others into a white high school in the 1950s.In 1956, schools were ordered to fall under the ruling of Brown VS. The Board of Education and integrate their schools. One of the very earliest was in Clinton, Tennessee. Jo Ann Allen was in high school and travelling to another town over to an all black school. She was...
  • Amanda Sanders
    I've only read one other account of a school desegregation from the point of view of a black student. I cried reading that book and this one. The stories are a painful reminder that ending slavery did not end the racism and problems for African Americans. In "This Promise of Change" Jo Ann tells her story in verse. I love stories done this way because every word matters in poetry. The images she evoked were vivid. I also liked the primary source ...
  • Hebah
    Powerful first-hand account of early school integration.With its verse format, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction; Jo Ann's voice, though optimistic, doesn't flinch away from the racism she faced, both overt threats like the KKK and outside agitators and the quieter racism of people who went along with integration because it was law even if they found it personally distasteful. The poetry is interspersed with real news headline...
  • Edie
    This is a must read book for 2019. It is the story of the fight for school integration in Clinton Tn. before The Little Rock Nine or Ruby Bridges. Jo Ann Allen was 14 when she and eleven other students went to an all white high school where their presence became more more and more a source of conflict and violence. Even their white neighbors on the poor side of town turned against them. The story is told through various poetic forms and Jo Ann's ...
  • Abby Johnson
    This memoir in verse details the experiences of Jo Ann Allen, one of a handful of teens to integrate the white high school in Clinton, TN. The moving poetry begs to be read aloud, utilizing different poetic forms to bring this true story to life. Hand this to fans of Brown Girl Dreaming or Warriors Don't Cry.