The Other Side
by Jacqueline Woodson Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
Clover has always wondered why a fence separates the black side of town from the white side. But this summer when Annie, a white girl from the other side, begins to sit on the fence, Clover grows more curious about the reason why the fence is there and about the daring girl who sits on it, rain or shine. And one day, feeling very brave, Clover approaches Annie. After all, why should a fence stand in the way of friendship? Beautifully rendered in Earl B. Lewis's striking, lifelike watercolor illustrations, Jacqueline Woodson gives us a moving, lyrical narrative told in the hopeful voice of a child confused about the fence someone else has built in her yard and the racial tension that divides her world.
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About the Author and Illustrator
Jacqueline Woodson Jacqueline Woodson is the author of more than two dozen young adult, middle grade, and picture books, including Each Kindness, Beneath the Meth Moon, Feathers, and Miracle's Boys, the last of which was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee. She is a three-time Newbery Honor winner, a two-time National Book Award finalist, winner of a Coretta Scott King Award and three Coretta Scott King Honors, and a Caldecott Honor winner as well. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
E. B. Lewis E. B. Lewis has won a Coretta Scott King Award as well as a Caldecott Honor. He lives in New Jersey.
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