Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Wendy Lamb Kids Review: Yard War (Taylor Kitchings)

Yard WarExpected publication: August 18th 2015 by Wendy Lamb Books


It’s 1964 in Jackson, Mississippi, deep in the civil rights movement, and the one black person twelve-year-old Trip Westbrook knows well is Willie Jane, the family maid, who has been a second mother to him. When Trip invites her son, Dee, to play football in the yard, Trip discovers the ugly side of his smiling neighbors. Even his loving grandparents don’t approve. But getting to know Dee and playing football, being part of a team, changes Trip. He begins to see all the unspoken rules he lives by but doesn’t agree with, such as respect your elders. What if he thinks their views are wrong? This engaging, honest, and hopeful novel is full of memorable characters, and brings the civil rights–era South alive for young readers. 




Yard War is a middle grade novel that deals with racism in the South in the '60's. Yard War revolves around a young friendship between two twelve year old boys named Trip and Dee. Trip's family employs a family maid named Willie Jane and her son is named, Dee. 

Dee and Trip begin to become great friends in a time when racism was prominent and the issues of racism were among the largest issues in the South. 

I liked how Dee and Trip totally looked past the issue of racism and continued to become best friends even though everyone thought they shouldn't and looked down on their friendship. 

Yard War is a great book for any middle grade child who might be studying or interested in the historical aspects during the civil rights movement. The addition of the beautiful friendship between Dee and Trip is just a perfect mix that has been added to this middle grade novel. 


**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**

**I want to say Thank You to Wendy Lamb Books/Random House Kids for the opportunity to review this book!!**

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