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The Lies We Tell Ourselves,
Kimea, 17.

This book is about:
Segregation into schools

It is a great book at teaching about how white people first acted towards segregation. It is well written and has me entertained for the whole story. It can be a bit hard to read in sections because of the way some racist slurs are used, such as "nigger".

The story follows Sarah as she goes into a white only school as the first wave of black people. She deals with being bullied and having racist comments thrown her way. She eventually meets Linda

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Melanie Chadwick, 14
I found this very difficult to put down. It’s the first day at school and Sarah’s understandably nervous. She’s met at the gates by crowds of angry faces swearing, shouting and spitting at her telling her she’s not wanted and she should go back to her old school. There are police and teachers looking on but they do nothing to help. It’s 1959; Virginia, Southern USA, and today Sarah is starting term at Jefferson High – one of the the first black students in a previously all white school. Sarah and her friends force themselves to remain calm and unresponsive to this abuse while they seethe inside, knowing that the torment they endure will smooth the way for other black students in the coming years. Linda is the daughter of one of the town’s biggest supporters of segregation, and she fully supports it herself by her actions and writing editorials in the school newspaper. The two girls are thrown together as they are forced to work on a French project together. Over time they both confront buried truths about themselves and find their way through the lies they have grown up with. Struggling with issues of race prejudice, but also sexuality they come to accept each other and themselves for what they are. A very strong book which I whole heartedly recommend. The themes make it suitable for use in PHSE, RE and ethics, English, History in fact it would make a great whole school cross-curricular book. 368 Pages / Ages 14+ / Reviewed by Melanie Chadwick
Camila, 16
I do recommend this book and enjoyed reading it. The story explores many issues and is able to present the realistic characters in a way that truly gets you to understand their thoughts and feelings.
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