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Book Review: Lunch-Box Dream by Tony Abbott

Summary: A middle grade novel following the POV’s of a white family and a black family in the age of segregation and Jim Crow laws.

Page Length: 192 pages

Published: 2011

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  • quick read (one of the things I love about middle grade)
  • contains scenes that are really heartfelt and capture the reality of segregation during the 1950s and 1960s
  • Bobby’s POV was the only tolerable perspective, and sometimes I even found his character to be rather dull


  • the characters….none of them are all that memorable and only Bobby’s POV kept my attention (and during only a few short chapters).
  • I wouldn’t call this a ‘moving’ story about racism in the 1950’s. I found nearly nothing moving or memorable about the story that really stood out
  • After finishing the book, I still don’t understand the connection to the title

Recommend?: Sadly, no.

Final Rating: 2/5

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