Gilbert Cruz
January 12, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Children in Room E4

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Susan Eaton
publisher
Algonquin Books
genre
Politics and Current Events, Nonfiction

We gave it a B

While the world segregation may inspire images of the South in the ’60s, Susan Eaton’s book. The Children in Room E4, makes a strong claim for its continued existence today. She looks at Harford, Conn., where a group of families and civil rights attorneys fought a decades-long case to prove that the state’s policies have segregated poor minorities and wealthy whites into separate school districts. While at points exhausting, Eaton ably hammers home the system’s inequities with sympathetic looks at an inner-city teacher and her eager charges, resulting in a damning book that shines light on a particularly American dilemma. B

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