Crossing the Line (Hardcover)

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An Award-Winning Middle Grade Novel Inspired by the True Events Leading Up to the 1919 Chicago Race Riots

Some people think there's a line, and if everybody stays on their side of the line, then we'll all get along just fine.

That's what Billy's da told him, back before he joined up in the Great War. Da said that sometimes, to do what's right, you gotta cross that line.

Course, that was before the war ended and Billy's da came home with shell shock. Now it's up to Billy to be man of the house, to take care of his ma and sisters and work at the docks when he can. He ain't no coward, and he don't complain, not even when money troubles mean he has to change schools. It's hard times for all the Irish--maybe even for all of Chicago.

And it gets harder when Billy becomes friends with Foster, a black boy who loves baseball and whose daddy went to war, too. What seems like just horsing around to them--building a raft, spending time in their secret hideout by the creek--stirs up trouble when the rest of the city gets wind of it.

Soon, the boys' friendship has triggered a series of events that will change both their lives forever. And with racial tensions in the city coming to a head, Billy must decide once and for all what it means to be courageous, to be a friend, and to truly cross the line.

About the Author


Bibi Belford is the author of Canned and Crushed. She graduated with a BA in English from Westmont College and completed her master's in bilingual literacy at Northern Illinois University. She's been a classroom teacher, reading teacher, and literacy coach in East Aurora, Illinois's elementary schools.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781510708006
ISBN-10: 1510708006
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English