|Author:||Becky Birtha, Colin Bootman|
|Publisher:||Albert Whitman & Company|
Every summer, Mama, Sister, and Sarah Marie take the bus down south to visit Grandmama. The three of them sit in the back of the bus, because, as Mama says, it is the best seat. Later, on a walk into town, the girls don't drink from the water fountain because Grandmama says she'll make fresh lemon-mint iced tea when they get home. Throughout the summer, Aunt Maria teaches Sarah Marie how to read. Then Sarah Marie notices signs in town she hadn't been able to read before.
In 1956 two African American girls travel south with their mother to visit their Grandmama. Although their mother tries to shield them they experience racism and prejudice unlike anything in the North.