Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963

by Sharon Robinson
Short Summary
This inspiring memoir, written by the daughter of an African American baseball legend, tells the story of one girl finding her voice in the fight for justice and equality.

Good For:
Learning About Civil Rights History, Inspiring Coming-of-Age Memoir, Modeling Courage and Conviction

Topics and Themes:
Civil Rights, Segregation, Baseball, Jackie Robinson, Family, Social Privilege vs. Social Responsibility, Protest Marches, Justice and Equality, Identity, Search for Meaning
Some mature content; more suitable for older readers.

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Sharon Robinson turns 13 in January 1963, the night before George Wallace declares on national television his motto of “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 Jackie Robinson, Sharon has opportunities that most people would never dream of. Her family hosts multiple fund-raisers at their home in Connecticut for the work that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is doing. At her first concert, Sharon is allowed backstage at the world-famous Apollo Theater, and her whole family attends the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

But things don’t always feel easy for Sharon. She is one of the only black children in her wealthy Connecticut neighborhood, and her older brother, Jackie Robinson Jr., is having a hard time trying to live up to his father’s famous name and is causing some rifts in the family. In the midst of it all, Sharon feels isolated from what’s happening all over the country. What is her role in the civil rights movement that her own father helped to inspire?
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Product Details

    • Grades: 5 - 7
    • Ages: 10 - 13
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-61533-3