Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
Midnight Without a Moon Hardcover – January 3, 2017
See the Best Kids' Books of 2017 So Far
Looking for great new reads for kids of all ages? Browse our editors' picks for the best kids' books of the year so far including gorgeous picture books, fun new series starters, and captivating young adult novels.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
"This nuanced coming-of-age story by a debut author is deftly delivered, with engaging characters set against a richly contextualized backdrop of life for African Americans during the Jim Crow era. It’s also an authentic work of historical fiction (supported by Southern vernacular in both dialogue and vocabulary that accurately reflects the era) about a pivotal incident in the civil rights movement."
"Jackson pulls no punches in the characters’ heated discussions and keeps dialogue raw and real..."
"Jackson’s debut does an excellent job dramatizing the injustice that was epidemic in the pre–civil rights South and capturing the sounds and sensibilities of that time and place. Her sympathetic characters and their stories will make this thoughtful book especially good for classroom use."
"A powerful story."
"This nuanced coming-of-age story by a debut author is deftly delivered, with engaging characters set against a richly contextualized backdrop of life for African Americans during the Jim Crow era. It’s also an authentic work of historical fiction...about a pivotal incident in the civil rights movement."
“Midnight Without a Moon offers readers an unflinching bird's eye view of 1955 Mississippi. Young Rose Lee has one foot steeped in the segregated South and the other in the new world where Negroes and girls are expecting more, doing more, and willing to risk all to live lives of their own choosing. Bravo to Jackson, for a magnificent piece of writing!”
—Sharon G. Flake, Coretta Scott King Award winning author of Unstoppable Octobia May and The Skin I'm In
“Rose shines bright in the darkness -- brave, beautiful, and full of hard-won hope. She'll be an inspiration to every reader who meets her, as she has been to me.” –Caroline Starr Rose, author of May B and Blue Birds
About the Author
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
The author uses the Emmett Till case as an effective backdrop for Rosa's story. The case blends well into the story, adding to the atmosphere of terror that existed at the time. This is a compelling read, and the author's use of authentic dialogue only adds to the firm sense of time and place. Young readers will be transported to 1955 and will likely be amazed and repulsed by what they learn.
The publisher sets an age range of grades 5 to 7. I would be hesitant to recommend this for a fifth grader due to the language. While true to the time, it will be jarring for any young reader who doesn't have a grasp of the period. Ma Pearl's tirades feature some words that made me uncomfortable and her brutal treatment of young Rosa was hard to read. This is an incredibly well written, important story that was hard to put down.
Rose Lee Carter lives with her bitter, angry grandmother, who favors her cousin, Queen, over her because Queen is light-skinned and Rose is as dark as "midnight without a moon." While Queen lazes in her bed reading fashion magazines, Rose is sent to pick cotten in the blazing heat. Despitre that, Rose is a strong student who looks forward to attending college someday.
Into this fictional family is woven the story of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African American boy from Chicago who was murdered by white men for allegedly whistling at a white woman. His body was found floating in the river. A trial is held, but -- no surprise in segregated Mississippi -- the accused are found not guilty. The effect this has on Rose's family and friends is explored in detail.
Through it all, Rose and her friend Hallelujah, a 14-year-old preacher's son, try to stay safe. When Rose's aunt and her fiance, both active in the NAACP, come to visit, it stirs up trouble with Rose's grandmother, who thinks keeping things the way they are is the best way to stay safe.
I found this a satisfying, well-written book that I think could be used in a middle school reading program. The only quibble I have with the story is that I don't agree with a major decision Rose makes in the book. But I understand the reasoning behind it.
It’s Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter can’t wait to move north. But for now, she’s living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man’s cotton plantation. Then, one town over, an African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. When Till’s murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change . . . and that she should be part of the movement.
I have been reading for a long time, and have easily read thousands of books. It’s not unusual for a story to make me cry, rage, laugh, or sigh, but it is unicorn rare for a book to actually inspire me to re-think my stand on social issues. Midnight Without Moon is, by turns, poetic, heartbreaking, frustrating, and beautiful.
The life of Rose Lee Carter is hard. At 13, she works harder than most grown adults today could relate to. She faces emotional and physical abuse daily, both at home and at the hands of strangers. Her life is continually at risk because of the color of her skin. Despite all this, she never stops dreaming of having a better life. Whenever she plans for this life however, her imagination always takes her north and out of Mississippi, because she’s been taught that nothing can ever change in Mississippi. But what if things can change? What if all that’s needed is a refusal to back down? These are the ideas that Rose begins to ponder, and these are the ideas that ultimately reshape her thinking regarding what it means to be free.
I would recommend this book to readers of all ages, and suggest it be including in any middle school lesson on race relations and the civil rights movement.