Sunday, August 6, 2017

Armstrong & Charlie

Integration is coming to the schools in a California neighborhood in the late 60s.  Some of Charlie's classmates are switching to private schools or just others schools to avoid it but Charlie's parents want him to stay.  Armstrong has been chosen to be one of the students that is bused across town.  Right off the bat the two boys have conflict - arm wrestling competition, stolen Ho Ho's and revenge of the hot sauce, and a clash of cultures but over time the two boys come to an understanding and a friendship that sticks togethers.

This was a really nice look at not only the issues surrounding integration at the time but also the friendship just between the two boys.  There were a few instances of language and a few situations that make this better suited for students older than my 5th graders but a good read. 

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