Lunch-Box Dream by Tony Abbott

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The year is 1959. A white family of a mother and her two sons are going to drive to Florida to take their grandmother, who had been staying with them, back to her own home.

The year is 1959. A white family of a mother and her two sons are going to drive to Florida to take their grandmother, who had been staying with them, back to her own home. They planned to return to their home in Ohio on an airplane. For the two sons Ricky and Bobby, this was the trip of a lifetime, but little did they know that it would end differently than they had planned. Nine-year-old Jacob, a Negro boy, is going by bus to the town of Dalton to visit his uncle and aunt, Frank and Olivia. But when he gets there, tragedy strikes. Wanting to go back to his home in Atlanta and to his sister Weeza, Jacob runs away. This book's ending was surprising.

 

The two families' lives intertwine during the search for Jacob, resulting in tears, both of sorrow and joy, from both families, (and possibly from the reader also). I personally loved the book "Lunch-Box Dream" by Tony Abbott. It tells of how hard Negroes had it during that time compared to white people. I pretty much devoured this book. It is 173 pages, and I would recommend it for anyone in fourth grade or higher as there is some cursing in the story. Adults also would enjoy this story. This book has changed my perspective on how I view this era in American history and is sure to do the same for anyone else.