The Lucky Ones

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The Lucky Ones
Written by Linda Williams Jackson
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ISBN-13: 9781536233100
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The Lucky Ones

author: Linda Williams Jackson

It’s 1967, and eleven-year-old Ellis Earl has big dreams. He’s going to grow up to be a teacher or a lawyer and live in a big house. There’ll always be enough food, and his mama won’t have to run herself ragged looking for work. So Ellis Earl applies himself at school, soaking up the lessons that Mr. Foster teaches—particularly those about famous colored people like Mr. Thurgood Marshall and Miss Marian Wright—and borrowing books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from his teacher’s bookshelf. But when Mama tells Ellis Earl that he might need to quit school to help support the family, he wonders if happy endings are only possible in storybooks. Around the historical touchstone of Robert Kennedy’s southern “poverty tour,” award-winning author Linda Williams Jackson pulls from her own childhood in the Mississippi Delta to tell a poignant story with memorable characters. Featuring a discussion guide to inspire meaningful conversation, The Lucky Ones is sure to resonate with readers who have ever felt constricted by their circumstances.

“A compelling story about racism, poverty, and the power of community to help lift people up. . . . An excellent recommendation.” —Booklist (starred review)
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Middle-grade Novel / Paperback
age range:
8 yrs - 12 yrs
# of pages/size:
320 / 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
grade range:
Grade 3 - Grade 7
Historical; School & Education; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
Linda Williams Jackson is the author of Midnight Without a Moon, which was an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, a Jane Addams Honor Book for Peace and Social Justice, and a Washington Post Summer Book Club Selection. Her second book, A Sky Full of Stars, received a Malka Penn Honor for an outstanding children’s book addressing human rights issues and was a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year. Born and raised in Rosedale, Mississippi, Linda Williams Jackson lives in Southaven, Mississippi, with her family.
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