Trip Westbrook has spent his first 12 years far from the civil rights struggles going on in Mississippi. The one black person he knows well is Willie Jane, the family maid, who has been like a second mother to him.When Trip invites her son, Dee, to play football in the yard, he discovers the ugly side of his smiling neighbors. Trip's old pals stop coming by. He is bullied, and his house is vandalized. Even his family is threatened. Will the Westbrooks be forced to choose between doing the right thing or losing the only home Trip has ever known? Who knew that playing football in the yard could have such consequences?This honest and engaging novel is full of memorable characters that bring the civil rights–era South alive for young readers.