I Love it THIS PROMISE OF CHANGE by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy is incredible The true story of the integration of Clinton High School in Tennessee, and the 12 Black students who bravely walked down that hill and through those doors, is related in verse, with multiple styles of poetry, and co written by one of those courageous souls This is so well written, and broke my heart with its raw honesty This is an important story, and I m so grateful it s being told now The back matter is extensive, but so worth reading Definitely recommend for upper MG and YA. Only five stars Nope Infinite stars for this compelling, beautifully composed masterpiece, co written by one of the original Clinton 12, Jo Ann Allen Boyce, and author Debbie Levy.I read this book cover to cover in one sitting, from the dedication and the introduction through the authors notes, scrapbook and further reading I wanted to know every scrap of information about this group of courageous young people who came before the Little Rock 9 this would be so incredible to pair with The Lions of Little Rock and Ruby Bridges, yet few people know their story.It is indeed Jo Ann s story that amazed, gripped, and haunted me Her first person perspective was powerful enough, but then for Allen Boyce with Levy to choose so many different poetic forms in which to tell only made her story fascinating Switching from lyrical free verse to pounding rhythmic and rhyming quartets when true events were at their most highly charged I ve never seen this before in a narrative nonfiction and I was unequivocally blown away.This is by far one of the best books I ve ever read and definitely one of 2019 s best I will proudly carry This Promise of Change One Girl s Story in the Fight for School Equality on the shelves of my classroom library It is an imperative read. Growing up in the Clinton area, I had always heard stories about the Clinton 12 But just like all history lessons, most of them were second hand stories of what happened in that time period The history that was told from Alfred while I was in elementary school was my first taste of what happened back then, for he was one of the Clinton 12 who had to live through this difficult time.The first hand accounts Jo Ann has depicted within this book are truly heart felt What Jo Ann and the other members of the Clinton 12 had to go through is utterly heartbreaking I believe this book is testimony to change will never be a bad thing.Jo Ann, I applaud you and the other 11 members of the Clinton 12 for taking a brave stance in leading the community to a world of change Thank you all for making a difference in the town of Clinton, TN.This book was truly a history lesson like no other. This book is about my hometown It s well written, easy to read and written from the personal perspective of one who experienced the desegregation of the first public school in Tennessee I know and have much admiration for the author. Incredible story that was somehow burried in our American history This is not just a young adults book, this is an ADULT book It is an easy and enjoyable read, but yet it contains so much information about this brave group of young people who paved their way, under very tense circumstances, into the civil rights movement The book is done in prose, which really works to keep it light hearted but also very real and touching It also maintains a positive perspective, which is refreshing I loved every second of reading this book and could not put it down I could not put this book down My family is from Clinton, TN and I ve always heard about the brave Clinton 12 Thank you, Jo Ann Allen Boyce, for sharing your journey with us. Eye opening for someone who grew up in this area. In , one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rockinto Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee At first things went smoothly for the Clinton , but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another Uneasiness turned into anger, and even the Clinton Twelve themselves wondered if the easier thing to do would be to go back to their old school Jo Ann clear eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both black and white students found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group But what about just being a regular teen This is the heartbreaking and relatable story of her four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history Based on original research and interviews and featuring backmatter with archival materials and notes from the authors on the co writing process This book is beautifully written about an ugly time in my hometown What an inspirational book Racism is contagious but so is kindness and love.