Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Child of the Dream by Sharon Robinson - OPTIONAL

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);



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

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