Linda Williams Jackson



Born and raised in a small town in Mississippi, Linda Williams Jackson likes to spin stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Her debut middle grade novel, Midnight without a Moon, is about an ordinary thirteen-year-old girl who must make an extraordinary decision after the murder of Emmett Till. Deemed a powerful novel by reviewers, Midnight without a Moon appears on recommended reading lists at multiple libraries, including the New York and San Francisco Public Libraries.




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Midnight without a Moon

Washington Post 2017 KidsPost Summer Book Club selection! 

It’s Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter can’t wait to move north. But for now, she’s living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man’s cotton plantation. 

Then, one town over, an African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. When Till’s murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change . . . and that she should be part of the movement.  

Linda Jackson’s moving debut seamlessly blends a fictional portrait of an African American family and factual events from a famous trial that provoked change in race relations in the United States.


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