Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
A blog for the members of the 2008 MLA Thumbs Up! Award Committee to discuss the books we are considering.
Each suspended twice in the first few weeks of school, eighth-grade archnemeses Boot Quinn and Mick Sullivan have been sentenced to play board games every day during lunch period until they can get along.
It is 1960 and Louise's mother dresses up everyday to go to the local elementary school and heckle Ruby Bridges as she bravely becomes the symbol for racial integration in the 9th ward of New Orleans. Mom owns a boarding house and a new boarder from New York comes to stay. His presence changes the way both Louise and her mother think. The hatred of the era is palpably evoked as Louise tries to sort out her own feelings and as she learns the reality of what's really happening. I think this is a fantastic and important book. A quick read, but it will stay with me for awhile. Yay.