Scarce first printing, about a new child's experiences as the first Black student in an all-white class in the midst of integration.
Near fine in very good jacket.
"Lennie said nothing. Somehow he was a little afraid of this fine new school."
Written by a white author and composed with a stubbornly cheerful approach to integration, NEW BOY IN SCHOOL is far from flawless – but it is important as one of the earliest and most successful fiction books of the era on the subject. Depicting integration as a story about a new student, it was at first resisted by gatekeeping venues in the South. According to editor Jean Poindexter Colby, "We had a great deal of trouble selling NEW BOY IN SCHOOL in the South... our southern salesman reported that one big jobber would neither stock nor sell it. Another would fill only special orders" (quoted in Hearings). But after the book made the NEW YORK TIMES Best Books of the Year list, sales turned around. Already scarce, this copy is especially interesting for its marginalia. A few penciled notes in the book read as if they were prepared by a white schoolteacher: "Do you think a new Negro boy would really feel like Lennie?" "Have you ever felt that way at school?"
Read more: Hudson & Ballard (eds.), Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia, 315; Hearings... on De Facto School Segregation, Books for Schools and the Treatment of Minorities (1966), 823.
New York: Hastings House Publishers, (1963). 9'' x 5.75''. Original red cloth lettered in black on spine and front board. In original unclipped ($2.95) color pictorial dust jacket. Pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Payne throughout in black and white. 56 pages. Owner stamp on half title; reader pencil annotations on a few pages; jacket with 1'' chip at head of spine, smaller chip at tail, some tape repairs, and ownership sticker on front panel.
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