Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) by Sharon Robinson

Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963)

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 change the course of American history. As the daughter of baseball legend Ja...

Details Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963)

TitleChild of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963)
Release DateSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, History, Biography, Sports, Baseball

Reviews Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963)

  • Brina
    On a normal Sunday I spend hours reading but today is the day before a holiday, hardly what I call normal. This will repeat itself two more times before the month is out. That being said, I did find some time to read. Jackie Robinson is one of my American heroes. This year marks the 100th anniversary of his birth, and Major League Baseball has marked the occasion by honoring Jackie and his achievements all year long. I have also honored Jackie ac...
  • Viral
    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 participa...
  • Maura
    A front-row view of pivotal moments in the Civil Rights movement written by the daughter of Jackie Robinson for a middle grade audience, Child of the Dream focuses on Sharon Robinson's adolescence in 1963, combining the relatable struggles of junior high (first dance, first kiss) with the remarkable, extraordinary experiences of living in a home that hosted a visit from Martin Luther King, Jr. and other world-changing leaders of the Civil Rights ...
  • 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...
  • Saloni
    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 prot...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusIn 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. ...
  • Danielle Masterson
    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
    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 t...
  • Lisa
    Sharon Robinson turned 13 in 1963. Living in Connecticut, and being the daughter of baseball superstar Jackie Robinson, allowed Sharon to live a life very different from the black children who were living in Birmingham, Alabama. Because her father was involved raising funds for and helping with the Civil Rights movement she was well aware of that difference, and she was afraid for them and heartbroken when she heard about the children's marches. ...
  • Jules Leigh
    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...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963 by Sharon Robinson, 240 pages. NONFICTION. Scholastic Press, SEPTEMBER 2019. $17.Language: G (0 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (mentions of police violence);BUYING ADVISORY: EL - OPTIONALAUDIENCE APPEAL: LOWSharon Robinson recounts the year 1963 as the daughter of baseball player Jackie Robinson and a black young lady during the Civil Rights Movement. It says right in the title that this i...
  • Chelsea
    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...
  • Shannan Harper
    Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball giant Jackie Robinson tells her story of a year in her life, 1963, the year she turns 13 and how she and her family were part of the Civil Right's movement. The story is told through her eyes as a 13 year old, and that made the story that much more enjoyable. I felt as if I was in the Robinson household seeing things through Sharon's eyes. This would be a great read for young and old and for anyone that enjoy...
  • Jena
    I really wanted to like this book. It's Robinson's memories so I have no standing to say it isnt accurate but it simply did not ring true as the voice or experience of a 13 year old. It sounds like an adult reflecting on and shining up her memories for what she wants to teach some kids about.That said - it does a great job of sharing the events of the Civil Rights movement in 1963 as well as some of the larger issues within the movement.
  • Ron
    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
    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...
  • AMY
    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
    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.
  • Pam
    Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon, takes readers through her memories of 1963. She shares her fears and passions and what it was like to be Robinson's daughter. She also captures how she felt as a black girl in the north.
  • Donna Dube
    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.
  • Doris Raines
  • Meghan
    This book is amazing! I can’t wait to share it with my students! Sharon shares her front row view of the civil rights movement. You must read this!
  • Lkking
    Children's one year memoir of Sharon Robinson, Jackie Robinson's daughter, and her experiences growing up in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s.
  • Kathy (Bermudaonion)
    4.25 stars
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  • Laura
    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.ARC provided by publisher.