Indigo and her best friend Jade are at the top of their game as the most popular girls in school and the best dancers on the squad. But when Jade is chosen as squad captain, Indigo becomes jealous. And they’re not the only ones on the squad dealing with major drama.
A young interracial boy wonders why people are labeled by the color of their skin. Seeing that people dream, feel, sing, smile and dance, regardless of their color, he asks, “Am I a color, too?” Gerald Purnell’s powerful art brings this simple poem vibrantly to life.
“When I think of all the people, All those faces in my sight, If people are really colors, There should be more than black and white.”
Grace has a great imagination. Her mother and grandmother support her dreams by participating in Grace’s fantasies. At school, when she raises her hand to try out for the lead in the school play, Peter Pan, a boy tells her she can’t get the part because she’s not a boy and a White girl tells her she can’t because she’s Black. Grace imagines that what they say might be true. But her grandmother knows what to do! She takes Grace (in their every-day clothes) to see a ballet starring a Black ballerina. When she returns to school empowered with a stronger identity, Grace aces her audition and gets the lead role.
Cassie, who flew above New York in “Tar Beach,” soars into the sky once more. This time, she and her brother Be Be meet a train full of people, and Be Be joins them. But the train departs before Cassie can climb aboard. With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited with her brother at the story’s end.