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The ugly brutality of Jim Crow South is recounted in dulcet, poetic tones....Jackson superbly blends the history into her narrative. ~ Kirkus

This nuanced coming-of-age story by a debut author is deftly delivered, with engaging characters set against a richly contextualized backdrop of life for African Americans during the Jim Crow era. It’s also an authentic work of historical fiction about a pivotal incident in the civil rights movement."—Horn Book

Jackson's debut does an excellent job dramatizing the injustice that was epidemic in the pre-civil rights South. ~ Booklist

Jackson pulls no punches in the characters' heated discussions and keeps dialogue raw and real. ~ Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Through keen insights and a powerful voice, Midnight Without a Moon offers readers an unflinching bird's eye view of 1955 Mississippi. A magnificent piece of writing! ~ Sharon Flake, Coretta Scott King Award winning author of The Skin I'm In

Rose shines bright in the darkness--brave, beautiful, and full of hard-won hope. ~ Caroline Starr Rose, award winning author of May B

It’s Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and thirteen-year-old Rose Lee Carter can’t wait to move north. But for now, she’s living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man’s cotton plantation.

Then, one town over, a fourteen-year-old African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. When Till’s murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change . . . and that she should be part of the movement.

Linda Jackson’s moving debut seamlessly blends a fictional portrait of an African American family and factual events from a famous trial that provoked change in race relations in the United States. Midnight Without a Moon is perfect for readers who enjoyed Brown Girl Dreaming and/or The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

A Sky Full of Stars

2018 Malka Penn Honor Book

"A Sky Full of Stars exquisitely represents the Malka Penn Book Award’s mission to shine light on human rights issues for younger audiences, while also celebrating beautiful and compelling stories." -Douglas Kaufman

"Filled with teachable moments that are perfect for modern-day discussions of race and justice, this is also a story about the complexities of family and choices." –Kirkus

"A powerful and well-crafted novel that will spark deep discussion of this era in U.S. history— and its contemporary repercussions." –School Library Journal

"Readers will be left with much to consider and discuss."-Publishers Weekly

"This de facto sequel to Jackson’s first novel, Midnight without a Moon (2017), is equally successful at dramatizing the lives of black people in the pre–civil rights South and capturing the sensibility of its setting, which together ensure the book will be a valuable classroom resource."--Booklist

"With captivating characterization, the author has again credibly woven real historical events into a poignant story of hope, friendship, and aspiration, resulting in an insightful historical novel that could serve as a resourceful complement to contemporary discussions about social justice."--Horn Book

After the murder of Emmett Till, thirteen-year-old Rose is struggling with her decision to stay in Mississippi. Torn between the opinions of Shorty, a boy who wants to meet violence with violence, and Hallelujah, her best friend who believes in the power of peaceful protests, Rose is scared of the mounting racial tension and is starting to lose hope. But when Rose helps Aunt Ruthie start her own business, she begins to see how she can make a difference in her community. Life might be easier in the North, but Mississippi is home and that's worth fighting for. Mid-Century Mississippi comes alive in this sequel to Midnight Without a Moon.

Books published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
Edited by Elizabeth Bewley/Nicole Sclama
Covers Illustrated by Sarah J. Coleman