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RON’S BIG MISSION by Rose Blue Kirkus Star

RON’S BIG MISSION

By Rose Blue (Author) , Corinne J. Naden (Author) , Don Tate (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-525-47849-2
Publisher: Dutton

Deftly told and warmly illustrated, this fictional account of an incident in the Civil Rights–era childhood of Challenger astronaut Ron McNair tells a powerful story. Skipping breakfast, a doughnut and a basketball game with friends, nine-year-old Ron hurries to the public library, where he is warmly welcomed. After searching in vain for books about black children like himself, he selects books about airplanes, a recurring motif. An elderly white lady offers to check the books out for him, but Ron decides to do it on his own. It is only then that readers discover that only whites can take books out. In a painful illustration, Ron stands before the clerk, who ignores his request, her eyes downcast. Ron then leaps onto the desk and, with all eyes upon him, refuses to budge, even after the arrival of the police and his mother, until the librarian decides to break the law. Blue and Naden provide just enough text to let the story speak for itself; Tate’s exaggerated, big heads are perfect for showing the strongly felt emotions of each character. A winner. (biographical note) (Picture book. 6-10)