My year in the middle / Lila Quintero Weaver.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: It is 1970 in Red Grove, Alabama, and at Lu Olivera's school the white kids and black kids sit on different sides of the classroom. Six-grader Lu just wants to get along with everyone, but growing racial tensions will not let Lu stay neutral about the racial divide in school. Her old friends have been changing lately--acting boy crazy and making snide remarks about Lu's newfound talent for running track. Lu's secret hope for a new friend is fellow runner Belinda Gresham, but blacks and whites don't mix. Will Lu find the gumption to stand up for what's right? And find friends who will stand with her?
    • Notes:
      Age 8-12.
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    • ABNT:
      WEAVER, L. Q. My year in the middle. First edition. [s. l.]: Candlewick Press, 2018. ISBN 9780763692315. Disponível em: Acesso em: 24 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Weaver LQ. My Year in the Middle. First edition. Candlewick Press; 2018. Accessed November 24, 2020.
    • APA:
      Weaver, L. Q. (2018). My year in the middle (First edition.). Candlewick Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Weaver, Lila Quintero. 2018. My Year in the Middle. First edition. Candlewick Press.
    • Harvard:
      Weaver, L. Q. (2018) My year in the middle. First edition. Candlewick Press. Available at: (Accessed: 24 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Weaver, LQ 2018, My year in the middle, First edition., Candlewick Press, viewed 24 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Weaver, Lila Quintero. My Year in the Middle. First edition., Candlewick Press, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Weaver, Lila Quintero. My Year in the Middle. First edition. Candlewick Press, 2018.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Weaver LQ. My year in the middle [Internet]. First edition. Candlewick Press; 2018 [cited 2020 Nov 24]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1

Readers will be immediately transported to early 1970s Alabama in this story about Lu Olivera, a sixth-grader who finds herself drawn ever more deeply into the civil rights movement and politics at her school. Argentinian Lu doesn't fall neatly into the category of white or black, so she manages to more or less stay out of politics; but the more things heat up with local elections, and with Lu's budding friendship with Belinda, who is not white, she finds she can't stand idly by. This lovely coming-of-age story is complete with crushes, discovery of a passion, and a whole lot of '70s American style and slang, as well as terms like higgledy-piggledy, which might be unfamiliar to young readers but is understandable in context. This story is inspired by the author's experiences, and it shows in introspective Lu's observations of people around her. An excellent read for any budding activist or history buff, as well as pretty much any kid who likes a story about kids finding their gumption. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring

In 1970 Alabama, Argentinean American sixth-grader Lu Olivera discovers her passion for running, develops a crush, and is caught in the middle of her desegregated school's growing racial tensions. After Lu becomes friends with African American Belinda, and the segregationist George Wallace becomes governor, Lu stands up for what's right. Lu's shift from bystander to ally is well portrayed, and her first-person narration is often funny and utterly engaging. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 May #3

Set in 1970 in the fictional town of Red Grove, Ala., this debut for young readers by Weaver (Darkroom) follows a sixth-grade class during the first year of integrated public schools through the bubbly voice of Argentinian immigrant Lu Olivera, who sits in the middle row, between the black and white students. Election year campaigning provides the backdrop: Governor Brewer, who favored school integration, is fighting for his seat against segregationist ex-governor George Wallace. After Lu discovers that she shares a talent for running with Belinda, a black classmate, their friendship grows, but Lu's former friends become distant and mean. Politics infiltrate the classroom as some parents prepare to send their kids to private school, and Lu's attempts to remain apolitical backfire, particularly with the cute boy she likes. As tensions build, Lu longs for the courage to "really speak up, like somebody with surefire gumption and the good sense to stand up for her friends." Readers will root for this spirited protagonist to find her moral footing in this solid, enjoyable work of historical fiction. Ages 8–12. (July)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.