“This is history without the sensationalism, in which small acts of resistance eventually change the rules.”—New York Times Book Review
“The strong cast of characters, steady progression of events, realistic dialogue, historical facts, touch of romance, and coming-of-age awareness and reflection will appeal to readers.”—School Library Journal
In this compelling debut novel, a sixteen-year-old African American boy discovers the world—and himself—when he integrates an all-white boarding school in the 1950s.
Julian Houston was born in Richmond, Virginia, and educated in the public schools of that city before attending the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. He attended Boston University and was a community organizer in Harlem during the civil rights movement. He is now an associate justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. Julian Houston lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and family.