Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963 by Sharon Robinson, 240 pages. NONFICTION. Scholastic Press, SEPTEMBER 2019. $17.
Language: G (0 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (mentions of police violence);
BUYING ADVISORY: EL - OPTIONAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW
Sharon Robinson recounts the year 1963 as the daughter of baseball player Jackie Robinson and a black young lady during the Civil Rights Movement.
It says right in the title that this is a memoir, but Robinson’s narrative non-fiction style becomes stilted whenever she tries to weave more detailed facts about the Civil Rights Movement within the narrative, which is very jarring. There are lots of interesting details – watching history through the eyes adjacent to someone famous, but Robinson has not reached her normal high quality of writing.
Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS