Call Me By My Name by John Ed Bradley
In the 1970’s, prejudice in the south was still a very real thing. Desegregation had to be enforced and not all places or people took to it well. The town where Rodney and Angie, twins, befriend Tater/Tatum as he breaks thorough social barriers, has just as hard a time as many places. Rodney tells the story through sports, baseball and football, of his friendship with Tater, and of Tater’s friendship with Angie. Rodney has to do a lot of thinking, questioning, and growing throughout this book. I’ll shelve it as a sports book--there are lots of game play descriptions that I didn’t understand, but it has a great message also, and could be shelved as realistic fiction. This is one of my favorite sports books, ever.