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Hattie Percha wants nothing more than to live a normal life with all the 1969 high school milestones: pep rallies with her best friends Crackers and Beverly, a date to the Homecoming Dance, and maybe even a steady boyfriend. She hopes to fade into the background and leave her previous life of activism behind. But giving up her social conscience proves harder than she imagined. When Crackers’ step-brother Isaac goes MIA in Vietnam, Hattie can’t ignore the pull to learn more about the war and bring Isaac home safely. She organizes a Moratorium Day at her high school in seek of definitive answers, only to discover there are no good solutions to the burning questions of the time. 

Steeped rich with memories and the confusion of 1960s’ America, Battle Linesis sure to make you laugh uncontrollably, think intensely, and feel penetrating heartache. Sometimes the answers most sought after are painfully elusive.  

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Broken Lines — Claudia Whitsitt

The Dream Girls are back.

As Hattie faces a lifetime of blindness, Crackers deals with the possibility of a new family member, and Beverly is accused of a shocking crime. The pressure of these looming crises creates a rift among the friends and outside forces push them apart. The girls encounter their worst nightmares as they battle individual obstacles without each other’s support or encouragement. A miserable Hattie refuses to accept the inevitable—she can’t live without her precious Dream Girls. She will do anything to prove Beverly’s innocence and remain true to Crackers, even though they disagree. In her loneliness and desperation, Hattie conjures up an ingenious plan and convinces Beverly and Crackers to participate.

But time is running out—the odds are stacked against them. Can they save their friendship before it’s too late? #friendshipiscolorblind


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In BEYOND THE LINES, the much-awaited sequel to the award-winning Between the Lines, Crackers is on center stage with a new dream.

The Dream Girls—Hattie, Crackers, and Beverly Jo—are back with the same determination and resolve they displayed in Between the Lines.

This time, it’s Crackers who has a dream. She has oodles of talent, can outshoot any guy, and she wants to be the first girl on the boys’ basketball team. Everybody knows she’s the best player at school.

The problem is, the rules say: No girls allowed on the team. Ever.
But the Dream Girls have challenged old-fashioned notions before, and they’re not about to give up now. Beverly Jo rocks the world with an ingenious plan, Hattie sets the wheels in motion, and Crackers gives her all. For this threesome, nothing is impossible.


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Beyond The Lines — Claudia Whitsitt


Between the Lines tells the story of three girls who become friends during the racially-charged aftermath of the 1967 Detroit Riots.

Hattie Percha is crushed when the riots start on her tenth birthday, and when she must move away from her treasured childhood home and friends, attending public school for the first time, she’s afraid her life is over. Then, she meets Beverly Jo Nichols, her first black friend, and Crackers, a fearless tomboy. Despite opposition from Hattie’s mother and a racist teacher, the unlikely friends join forces. As the self-proclaimed Dream Girls, they challenge bigotry and intolerance, willing to do whatever it takes to hold onto what’s most precious to them all, their friendship.

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