When Jemmie and her family move into the house next door, Cass's father quickly erects a fence to keep the families separate. But the two girls do not share their parents' prejudices, and soon they form a secret bond, based on their shared love of running, and an unexpected appreciation of Jane Eyre.This wise and touching novel has become a classroom favorite.More
"Fogelin creates Cass and Jemmie as complex characters with the same differences of approach and personality that mark the interactions of other best friends, whatever their skin color. Cass' straightforward voice never falters, even when she questions her father's beliefs and her own decisions. Readers will appreciate the honesty of Fogelin's approach and applaud the two girls in their fast friendship." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
"In this sensitive portrait of black-white relations in a changing neighborhood, Fogelin offers a tactful, evenhanded look at prejudice." (USA Today)
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A good novel, but not a great novel