Critics Say
Jurmain has plucked an almost forgettable incident from history and has shaped a compelling, highly readable book around it.
-Booklist, starred review
Readers looking for the individual who bravely fights for the rights of others will be inspired by [Prudence Crandall’s] dedication, strength, and moral compass.
-Horn Book
  • An Orbis Pictus Honor Book
  • ALA Notable Book
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Booklist Editor’s Choice
  • Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book for 2005
  • Booklist Top 10 Black History Book for Youth
  • James Madison Book Award Honor Book
  • SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Award Winner
  • Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts
  • Once Upon a World Honor Book.
The Forbidden Schoolhouse
Houghton Mifflin, 2005

They threw rocks and rotten eggs at the windows of Miss Prudence Crandall’s school.  Screaming men pounded the doors and walls with iron bars.  Villagers refused to sell Miss Crandall groceries, and the town authorities dragged her to jail and put her on trial for breaking the law.  Her crime?  Trying to open and maintain one of the first schools for African-Americans in the United States.

This eye-opening account of Prudence Crandall’s efforts to promote education and equality shows what it is like to try to change the world when few agree with you.