Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Historical fiction
What did you like about the book? The Long Ride is a book that not only inspires, but teaches as well. Taking place in New York in the 1970’s, the book focuses on three mixed race girls who are trying to find their place in the world. Two of the three girls are part of an integration experiment where they are being bussed to a predominately-black school. After the initial excitement, the girls struggle to decide if the move was for the best. How can they fit in without changing who they are?
Marina Budhos does an excellent job of bringing up important topics with clarity and understanding. It creates a dialogue about racism and what it means to be inclusive. Additionally, it provides readers with a historical context that they may not have explored before.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I was missing a deep connection to the characters. Despite their likability, I did not get enough background information to build a connection with the three main characters. I think the text could have been extended longer, providing more character development and background information.
To whom would you recommend this book? I would recommend this book to teachers focusing on the civil rights movement. It provides a great historical context as well as characters relatable to middle school students.
Who should buy this book? public libraries, middle schools, high schools
Where would you shelve it? Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Marisa Marion, Locke Middle School, Billerica MA
Date of review: 2/9/2020