This is a new series in which I determine big time gaps in children’s literature. Themes and issues and elements that should be written about and yet somehow haven’t.
This week, a patron contacted me with the following request: Name me one, just one, middle grade chapter book (5th-7th grade) that’s about African-American kids on the homefront during WWII.
Ladies and gentlemen, it can’t be done. I’m drawing a complete blank. The Road to Memphis by Mildred Taylor? That takes place in the 1940s but it’s not really about WWII. Readers, I invite you to best me. Can you name any ANY book at all that covers this? Remember, it has to be set on the homefront. No Flygirl. No Mare’s War. No Dear America books with brave boys fighting in the field. Children. African-American. Homefront. WWII. We get some of these each year starring white children and a couple internment camp novels too, after all.