The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods takes place in a “mostly ordinary” small Southern town after WWII. Gabriel, the 12-year-old narrator, is an only child, the son of the garage owner in town. His father hires Meriwether Hunter, a talented mechanic who is “colored” and a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the famous 761sttank battalion. For Gabriel, growing up means facing the truth that for Meriwether “even a good colored man can’t be a real man in this town called Birdsong.” The Warmth of Other Suns is an excellent adult nonfiction book about the great migration of African Americans from the south to the north in the 1940s and '50s. This is the young reader’s introduction to the injustices that made that happen.