In 1945, thirteen-year-old Levi is sent to find the father he has not seen in three years, going from Chicago, to segregated North Carolina, and finally to Pendleton, Oregon, where he learns that his father’s unit, the all-Black 555th paratrooper battalion, will never see combat but finally has a mission. Includes historical notes.
A great, historical fiction account of the 555th parachute battalion, this would be a great read-aloud, leading into black history month. Add to it, a young boy’s first experience with segregation and the prejudice that accompanied it. I recommend this to any of my younger readers.