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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

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

This is an incredibly well written, important story that was hard to put down. ~ Amazon Vine Reviewer

This is an excellent book for middle school and older young people....Thank you, Linda Williams Jackson, for an excellent piece of historical fiction. ~ Amazon Vine Reviewer

Holy smokes! This was one heck of a read.... ~ Goodreads Reviewer

This is one of the better Civil Rights books I've read.... ~ Goodreads Reviewer

This book will find a place in many classrooms and school libraries. ~ Goodreads Reviewer

Read an excerpt here.


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.


And coming January 2, 2018!

A Sky Full of Stars

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
Represented by Victoria Marini, Irene Goodman Agency