The setting is a suburban Washington D.C. neighborhood school in the 1970's. Ossei is the new 6th grade boy who also happens to be the son of a diplomat from Ghana. Being the only black boy in the school is a novelty that attracts the popular girl, Dee. As the new relationship between Ossei and Dee develop it creates a wave of feelings among other students which include jealousy and resentment.
Ian is the instigator behind the tragic events which unfold during this tale which takes place during one school day. It is a little hard to comprehend 11 year olds being capable of such cruelty and bigotry. Although I imagine it would not be impossible given the uncivil nature of social media today. It would seem that the story would have been better in a high school setting.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.