* "This is an important book for every library." — Kirkus, starred review
* " An uplifting and inspiring story about the buildings that are all too frequently taken for granted." — School Library Journal, starred review
* "This is a compelling and emotional tale of a community laboring toward a better future for the next generation, with a kid's-eye understanding that brings that large and abstract theme into accessible reach." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
Based on the true story of the Rosenwald schools built in the rural African-American South in the 1920s, writer and poet Carol Boston Weatherford tells the lyrical story of third grader Ovella as her family and community help each other build a new, and much-prayed for, school.
Inspired by Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant and the president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., donated millions of dollars to build schools for African-American children in the rural South. The local African-American community were required to raise matching funds, secure