Claudia Whitsitt Book Launch

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Date: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:00pm
Location: 
Heritage Elementary School

Author Claudia Whitsitt, a former Saline Area Schools teacher, returned to the classroom for help writing her latest book, Between the Lines. Whitsitt wrote the book in conjunction with visits to the Heritage Elementary School, where she visited fifth grade students in the classrooms of Lori LaBoe and Dave Fiske.

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

According to Whitsitt, Heritage students were involved in character development, writing sessions, and even decisions about book size, paper color, and fonts.

“It's been an enriching and inspirational process for all of us -- teachers, students, and author,” Whitsitt said.

As a gift to Whitsitt, students are throwing a book launch party from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at Heritage Elementary School.

“I think the event speaks to the closeness of our community and the commitment of educators to provide students with the most enriching experiences possible,” Whitsitt said.

For more information, visit http://www.claudiawhitsitt.com.

Here’s a description of the book:

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.