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A Friendship for Today

A Friendship for Today

by Patricia McKissack

From highly acclaimed, award-winning author Patricia McKissack comes a powerful, poignant, and timely tale of segregation, family, and one surprising friendship.

The year is 1954, the place is Missouri, and twelve-year-old Rosemary Patterson is about to make history. She is one of the first African American students to enter the white school in her town. Headstrong, smart Rosemary welcomes the challenge, but starting this new school gets more daunting when her best friend is hospitalized for polio. Suddenly, Rosemary must face all the stares and whispers alone. But when the girl who has shown her the most cruelty becomes an unlikely confidante, Rosemary learns important truths about the power of friendship to overcome prejudice.

Ages
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 7
Lexile Measure
670L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
U
Number of Pages
176
Genre
Historical Fiction

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