Armstrong and Charlie

Armstrong and Charlie Charlie isn t looking forward to sixth grade After all if he starts sixth grade chances are he ll finish it And when he does he ll be older than his older brother ever was Armstrong isn t looking f

  • Title: Armstrong and Charlie
  • Author: Steven B. Frank
  • ISBN: 9780544826083
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Charlie isn t looking forward to sixth grade After all, if he starts sixth grade, chances are he ll finish it And when he does, he ll be older than his older brother ever was Armstrong isn t looking forward to sixth grade, either This year, he ll have to wake up at 5 30 to ride a bus to an all white school in the Hollywood Hills When Armstrong and Charlie are as Charlie isn t looking forward to sixth grade After all, if he starts sixth grade, chances are he ll finish it And when he does, he ll be older than his older brother ever was Armstrong isn t looking forward to sixth grade, either This year, he ll have to wake up at 5 30 to ride a bus to an all white school in the Hollywood Hills When Armstrong and Charlie are assigned seats next to each other, what starts as a rivalry becomes a close friendship Set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, Armstrong and Charlie is the hilarious, heartwarming tale of two boys from opposite worlds Different, yet the same.

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    • Although set 40 years ago, Armstrong and Charlie remains as relevant as yesterday’s police shooting of an unarmed black teen — or this morning’s borderline-racist Donald Trump tweet. Sure, the novel presents coming-of-age stories for two 12-year-olds: white Charlie Ross, the son of Jewish politically progressive parents, all of whom are still mourning the death of Charlie’s brother Andy a few months earlier, and black Armstrong Leroy, the hot-tempered son of a disabled veteran who left a [...]

    • "I'll just say it's a book that tells the truth." (p. 265)This book is terrific—layered, well-written, and feels true.

    • ARC from publisher at ALAIt's 1975, and while some middle school problems are the same (weird teachers, school lunches, annoying parents), some are very different. Charlie lives in upscale Laurel Canyon, and right before 6th grade is to start, he finds out that many of his friends are going to other schools. The reason? Black children are going to be bused to Wonderland Avenue Elementary school. Charlie's mom doesn't have much of an opinion, because she is still reeling from Charlie's brother's [...]

    • The story: Armstrong is getting bused to a different school in LA in the fall of 1973. Charlie's always been there, and he doesn't know what to think of the black kids who are volunteering to come all the way across town. He also doesn't know what to think about Armstrong, who's kind of a Rebel while Charlie's more of a Rules Boy. Even so, as the kids get to know each other, they find out they're more alike than they could ever have guessed.June Cleaver's ratings: Language PG-13; Violence PG; Se [...]

    • NetGalley provided a copy of the ePub in exchange for an honest review.Steven B. Frank’s middle-grade novel Armstrong and Charlie is a powerful read with an important message. It is written for young readers but will certainly be enjoyed by all.Armstrong and Charlie are beginning sixth grade in the 1970s. They live in Los Angeles and they are not familiar with each other’s world. Charlie lives a comfortable life but has experienced personal loss. Armstrong will be bussed to a white school aw [...]

    • 4.5 starsArmstrong & Charlie, the middle grade debut of Steven B. Frank has already received high praise with a starred review from Kirkus. A fantastic historical novel with two protagonists you'll not forget, Armstrong & Charlie seamlessly combines serious heartache and humour to tell the story of two young boys who meet during school desegregation in 1970s California.We meet Armstrong Le Rois and Charlie Ross as they set out to start sixth grade at a Los Angeles school called Wonderlan [...]

    • Middle grade historical fiction novel about two boys from very different neighborhoods in California in the 70s brought together by "opportunity busing".Loved the character development and the budding friendships. A few uneasy moments as the boys try to figure out what kind of people they want to be. Plenty of laugh out loud moments.My 3 year old picked it up from the New shelf at the library and handed it to me. Glad I stuck it in my bag and checked it out.

    • What a remarkable story, much better than I anticipated. Once I began reading I found it difficult to put down. Having just begun my career as an educator in the early 70s, I can remember when busing began along with all the controversy.Armstrong and Charlie is definitely a work of historical fiction. It has the ability to take you back to that point in time. From white wall tires to landlines and SRA reading cards. How they take me back. Even the music was representative of the time. I did find [...]

    • 1970's California. Armstrong's parents decide he should be bused to a "white" school where he can get a better education, and perhaps put some distance between him and his many sisters. Charlie's friends are going to different schools, and he is kind of adrift. The two basically spend much of the book competing against each other in many normal adolescent ways, which after a certain point, became irksome. Happily, they are supported by a strong group of well developed characters, particularly fa [...]

    • I obtained the audio edition of Steven B. Frank's "Armstrong & Charlie" from a giveaway. Ruffin Prentiss, Christopher Gebauer, and Karen Chilton did an excellent job with the narration. I also enjoyed the historical/educational aspects of this story as I have learned that works such as this can encourage young readers to research and learn about the events that are depicted. Even as an adult, I can become intrigued by events mentioned in books and have researched them in order to learn abou [...]

    • I thought this book was phenomenal. For someone who doesn't read much in print, this book really hooked me. I didn't check it out the first day I started reading it at work, and I was thinking about it that evening and the mistake I had made. Checked it out next day. I would recommend this book to people who liked Because of Mr. Terupt to people who liked Revolution by Deborah Wiles. Plenty of it takes place in school and plenty takes place in a well-off and then in a poor, black neighborhood. I [...]

    • Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! I'm so happy I sometimes judge books by covers because this one sucked me in, and what it contained did not disappoint. Here's one of those books I'm lucky enough to grab before it makes it big, and I'm excited to see this one make it big. If it doesn't, it will be will be a sin. This author weaves a tale that at times could be "juggling too many balls," if you will, with so many different pieces to the plot, but he never lets any of them drop. What you get is a [...]

    • 4.5 stars.Yay! Thanks to Stephen B. Frank and Giveaways I will be receiving a signed copy of this book! I can't wait to read it when it gets here!Now that I have read this book, I am even more delighted that I now have a signed copy. This was a really well written book, set in the 1970's. There was a bit of a nostalgic factor for me that I'm sure influenced my opinion, as I was in 6th grade during that time as well. The 2 titular characters were very well developed, and I cared about both of th [...]

    • I received a copy from NetGalley for early review. The focus is the desegregation of a California school in 1975. Two boys, Charlie and Armstrong, come from different walks of life. Over the course of the book, their friendship develops in surprising, challenging, and sometimes subtle ways. This book challenges racial assumptions and generalizations still unfortunately often made today. The two protagonists are well-developed, as are several supporting characters. There was one event that occurr [...]

    • This book was fantastic. I loved it. It was right up my alley-- a mix between Remember the Titans and Wonder by Palacio (at least as far as family relationships go), and maybe a little bit like the movie Sandlot. Quite funny and sweet and sad.Likes: The interactions between Charlie and Armstrong and each of them with their respective families was awesome. I loved it. I loved how much the secondary characters added to the narrative. It was just a very pleasant book to read. Dislikes: None to ment [...]

    • Absolutely loved this middle school buddy/coming of age book. Comedy, heart, tears, toughness and friendship, through some pretty extenuating circumstances (Armstrong is one of the first African American students to bused to an all white school in LA). There is a lot of growth in each of the main characters, who don't hit it off right away. This one is going on my list.

    • Really, really enjoyed this. We see life for two 6th grade boys, one black and one white, during the 1970s. Armstrong is being bused to what used to be an all white school and Charlie has been attending the school yet most of his friends have left due to the integration. What begins as a tense, disdainful relationship, turns into something beautiful.

    • " Unforgettable, well-drawn titular characters are the heart of this deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny story about family, friendship, integrity, and navigating differences." (from Kirkus Reviews)

    • A new book just out this year intended for 10 years and up. The story takes place during the late seventies in Los Angeles when "opportunity busing" began in order to give children in lower economic areas a chance to attend school in more affluent area. Armstrong and Charlie are two such boys. They learn lessons of friendship and family and first loves. A well-written book which will open great discussions for classrooms.

    • I read this book with my 10 year old and 14 year old and we loved hearing about Armstrong & Charlie's antics! I enjoyed the historical perspective of the mid-1970's and the social movements of the time - this book focusing on school busing between black and white neighborhoods in California. Armstrong and Charlie both learned that there are similarities that bind us together and differences that make us unique. Not only did they learn from each other, but also from each other's families. We [...]

    • Armstrong and Charlie are amazing characters that will warm your hearts and remind you of what it is to be human. In the beginning of the story Armstrong is a bully, and understandably so. He believes ne needs to act tough to survive. Charlie is tring to have a good year after his friends all go to different schools to avoid the desegregation of Wonderland School. Both characters have loving, strict parents who help to shape both boys. There is much to be said in the book for kindness, understan [...]

    • ***THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FROM A GIVEAWAY***With race relations where they are today, it’s almost somewhat jarring to know that things haven’t changed much in over four decades. In an attempt to educate the next generation about racism, Steven B. Frank’s Armstrong and Charlie is an excellent start. While I would like to think that race relations have improved since the mid-1970’s, there are plenty of lessons available in this book that are applicable today. Still, racism can be a two- [...]

    • This book was o.k! But good because,it's about a boy who stays at his normal school but his friend's go to a diffrent school. And another boy that has a dad without legs. But this book was really good overall.

    • Armstrong & Charlie By: Steven B. Frank This is an excellent book that will help children learn about the desegregation of public schools in the 1970s. The story is told from the alternating point of view of the book's 2 main characters, Charlie Ross and Armstrong Le Rois. Neither of the 2 boys are looking forward to the start of the new school year in 6th grade. Each boy has his own personal issues, fears and challenges.The story is set in Los Angeles, CA in the mid 1970s. The 2 boys come f [...]

    • "It's just as wrong to ignore an injustice as it is to inflict one."It is 1974 and the lives of two kids are about to come together, at first by an act of government policy, and then by a friendship.Armstrong Le Rois is the youngest with five older sisters. You would think he would be ready for anything! Then his daddy and mama announce he is going to be bused to a white school called Wonderland. Why on earth would Armstrong want to go to a school where he will be one of only a handful of Africa [...]

    • Frank, Steven B Armstrong and Charlie 295 pgs. HMH 201. $20. Language: PG (5 wears) Mature Content: PG (French Kissing) Violence: PG (Mugging with Gun, Bullying)Armstrong is part of a pilot program in 1970s Los Angeles to integrate schools. He takes the bus to the exclusive Laurel Canyon Neighborhood to attend a mostly white school. Charlie goes to that school already, Wonderland Elementary, and isn’t very pleased with the new system –mostly because all of his friends left to go to a differe [...]

    • First all, thank you to the author, Steven B. Frank, for being so kind as to give away 10 signed copies of his wonderful middle grade novel, "Armstrong & Charlie" everything is so cute in this book, from the riveting characters and the charming, inspiring and moving story, to the binding and typography, than even the fact the copy came signed for my husband (I used his work address because we were in the process of moving out right then, and I didn't want to risk it and for the book to get l [...]

    • This middle grade historical novel for fans of Gary Schmidt and Kristin Levine features two deeply flawed yet imminently sympathetic male characters. When Charley's Los Angeles elementary school, Wonderland, is slated to receive bussed students in an effort to desegregate schools in the 1970's, the parents of many of Charley's friends send them to another school. But Charley's parents aren't interested in participating in "white flight" so Charley will spend his 6th grade year trying to make new [...]

    • A bunch of Charlie's friends aren't going to his school for their sixth grade year, transferring to other schools when it was announced that Wonderland Elementary is going to participate in an experiment: busing kids from other neighborhoods - black neighborhoods - to attend their school. Armstrong is one of those kids being bused and his parents tell him it's a great opportunity. But what Armstrong wonders is what time his alarm clock will have the opportunity to ring (spoiler: EARLY). Armstron [...]

    • Set during the 1970s, Armstrong and Charlie is a nostalgic, yet persuasive story about two boys from different worlds who, once again, show us that at the heart of it all, we are all really the same. Charlie, who lives a privileged life, begrudgingly at first, becomes friends with Armstrong, a remarkable young entrepreneur who wants to make something of himself. As Armstrong is bused to Charlie's white school in the Hollywood Hills, he encounters both acceptance and resistance. As the school yea [...]

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