Seeing Red by Kathy Erskine (Ages 10-14)
Red’s world changed completely when his daddy died. Daddy was his hero, his moral compass, and the best father a boy could have. His death precipitates a possible move to Ohio from their home in Virginia and Red is doing everything he can to prevent that. Daddy’s friend, an elderly black woman named Miss Georgia, remains a constant in Red’s life and is part of the reason for him getting to the bottom of a mystery his father left behind written in a small note yellowed with age. Set in 1972 when the South was still reeling from the Civil Rights movement and the country was in the midst of social unrest and political activism (think Viet Nam war protests, etc.), Red has to decide whether to do the right thing when he uncovers the mystery his father left behind.