by William R. Jordan, MD, recounts the experiences of Charlie's
life, born into an upper middle class family in eastern North
Carolina in the early 1940s where segregation ruled. Although this
was the case, one of Charlie's best friends was Willie, the son of
a tenant farmer on one of Charlie's father's farms. They fished,
swum together, and played ball before either one of them realized
the difference in the colors of their skin. Despite some pressure
from their peers to end this friendship, Charlie and Willie stick
up for one another and teach others to see past the color of
someone's skin. Along with Willie and Charlie's friendship
surviving the pressures of the time, readers will learn about the
many accomplishments in Charlie's young life. Charlie truly did far
more than any one could imagine a fourteen- or fifteen-year-old
doing. Follow Charlie in as he stands up for what's right, takes on
responsibilities that will aid his future, and experiences love and
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