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Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love (2000)

Author: McKissack, Patricia Publisher: Scholastic
Number of pages: 222 pages

Nellie's journal chronicles her family's move from Bradford Corners, Tennessee, to Chicago, after the Ku Klux Klan murders her uncle. The family hopes to find a more tolerant culture up North, but instead find themselves in the middle of race riots. Introduces children to early civil rights activists, like W.E.B. Du Bois, and shows what it was like to live in a city divided along racial lines.

ISBN 13: 978-0590511599
Reading Level (grade): 4.9
Reading Level (A-Z): S