Drawing from her own childhood experiences, Jackson (Midnight without a Moon, 2017) creates a compelling story about racism, poverty, and the power of community to help lift people up. . . an excellent recommendation for any young reader looking for new books about the civil rights era.
—Booklist (starred review)
Jackson draws on her personal history to show real people behind Kennedy’s historic visit. . . She successfully presents individuals who, despite grinding poverty, nurtured hopes and dreams, and she highlights those like Mr. Foster and his church community who shared what they had with those in need. . . . Rich in detail; offers readers immediacy and connection.
Ellis Earl, Mr. Foster, the Brown brood, and their predominantly Black community are astutely characterized, imbued with eclectic and lovable personalities. Jackson (A Sky Full of Stars
) delivers a touching novel that resonates today, centering the crucial impact of community on one family’s financial precarity.
An inspiring story about a tight-knit family, The Lucky Ones
makes real the people who lived, worked, and grew up in the Mississippi Delta amid the tumult of the 1960s.
Poverty and hunger are powerfully evident in this story which is based on author Linda Jackson’s experiences growing up in rural Mississippi during the 60s. . . . The southern dialect of the Black characters is spot on and helps lend the story a sense of place.
—School Library Connection
An engaging portrait of a boy who dreams of becoming a lawyer or teacher as a way to lift his family out of poverty in this novel inspired by Robert F. Kennedy's 1967 'Poverty Tour' of the Mississippi Delta. . . The author paints a vivid portrait of what it was like to be this poor.
—The Buffalo News