This book is geared towards middle schoolers, but can be a learning experience for anyone.
From the inside cover -
In Rye, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC, people work hard, kids go to school, and football is big on Friday nights. An eighth-grade English teacher creates an assignment for her class to debate whether Rye's mascot should stay or change. Now six middle schoolers get involved in the issue that already has the suburb turned upside down with everyone choosing sides and arguments getting ugly.
At the center of this story about human rights and Native sovereignty, there are six young people.
Callie, a Black Cherokee Nation citizen, is new to the town and school;
Franklin loves football, wearing fresh kicks, and so far has resisted his parents' desire for him to learn more about his Black heritage;
Priya wants to be a journalist and has four grandparents all born in India;
Sean is a sixth-generation Rye student in an Irish family that often needs help from the food pantry;
Tessa, who is white, was previously homeschooled and has grandparents who marched with MLK Jr.;
Luis immigrated from El Salvador at seven and aspires to be a math teacher and coach.
Written from several points of view, this novel in verse asks, "What happens when a mascot is seen as racist, but not by everyone?"