Middle Grade Mondays: Nobody’s Family is Going to Change

Everyone knows Louise Fitzhugh as the author of HARRIET THE SPY. Some of you may have even read the lesser known sequel THE LONG SECRET. But a few months ago, a book I’d never heard of, her book NOBODY’S FAMILY IS GOING TO CHANGE, was mentioned during a show on NPR. Apparently, lots of people in Vancouver listen to NPR because the 38 year old book was suddenly on a waiting list at the library. It took a few months before I could check it out. This is a very different book than HARRIET, and some of the content is dated of course, but the themes still apply. I guess families haaven’t changed much in 4 decades. Emma is 11. She comes from an upper middle class black family living in NYC. She wants to be a lawyer when she grows up. But in 1974, women...