Ron's big mission

By Naden, Corinne J. & Tate, Don & Blue, Rose

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One summer day in 1959, nine-year-old Ron McNair, who dreams of becoming a pilot, walks into the Lake City, South Carolina, public library and insists on checking out some books, despite the rule that only white people can have library cards. Includes facts about McNair, who grew up to be an astronaut.

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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2009

Gr 1-4 When nine-year-old Ron tries to take library books home instead of just looking at them, he knowingly challenges the rule that "only white people can check out books." The boy does not back down, even when his mother and the police arrive. The librarian finally relents and creates a library card for Ron, who proudly checks out the airplane books he loves to read. The purpose of Ron's "mission" is revealed with dramatic subtlety. There's no hint of racism as he walks through his 1950s Sou...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Young Ron (astronaut Ronald McNair) doesn't have time for breakfast or basketball: "I've got something important to do." He's going to...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on May 1, 2009

Although the segregated South might seem distant to many young readers, this story makes history feel personal. The injustice Ron McNair confronted as a boy is made starker by the ordinary nature of the day’s preceding events. Ron dodges his mother’s offer of breakfast, greets a friend playing basketball, browses for library books—all experiences familiar to contemporary children. The fact that the story com...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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