Project Description

The Everlasting Now

The Everlasting Now

by Sara Harrell Banks

In 1937, the Depression is in full force, Joe Louis is the new heavyweight champion of the world, and Champion Luckey has just arrived in Snow Hill, Alabama. Brother Sayre’s life will never be the same.

James Longstreet Sayre, known to all as Brother, lives with his mother and sister in their well-run if run-down boardinghouse. The men who board there work for the Southern Railroad and Brother loves listening to their stories—especially to Mr. Edwards, the railroad engineer.

But Brother’s life is changed forever when he meets Champion Always Luckey, a black boy his own age who has been sent from Detroit to live with his aunt, who works for Brother’s family. With Champion, Brother learns all sorts of things—how to fish, that he needs glasses, and that there are subtle and powerful rules of race and power that he’s never noticed. A child of privilege, Brother has never questioned the ways of his small southern town—but now he has reason to.

Sara Harrell Banks sets her dramatic story of an adolescent friendship during a troubled, complex time in our nation’s history. Readers will be easily drawn into the action and learn a valuable lesson in Depression-era Southern history, when resources were scarce and segregation was firmly in place.

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-525-6
Total Pages: 168
Size: 6 x 8 1/2
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 149979
AR Reading Level: 4.5
AR Points: 5

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: U
F&P Grade: 5

Reading Counts
Reading Counts Level: 4.3
Reading Counts Points: 9
Reading Counts Interest Level: 3-5


“…consistent and believable throughout the narrative…” ―Booklist

“…a well-worn yet interesting premise.” ―School Library Journal

“…the character of Brother is reminiscent of Capote’s Buddy.” ―Language Arts

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“This richly-spun novel provides readers with a vivid description of some of the ways in which economic hardship and racial discrimination worked to shape the lives of people living in the south during the Great Depression.” ―Rutgers University

“This story captures the culture of the South during the Great Depression…I would strongly recommend this book as a purchase. It would be a great recommendation for readers who enjoyed Richard Peck’s ‘A Year Down Yonder.’” ―Arlington Independent School District

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Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (honor book, Language Arts K-6 novels) ―Society of School Librarians International 2010

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ―NCSS/CBC 2011

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (starred, intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association 2011

KSRA Young Adult Book Award (nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association 2011

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Meet the Author

Sara Harrell Banks is the author of several books for young readers, including The Everlasting Now and Under the Shadow of Wings, which was named an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists and compared to To Kill a Mockingbird by School Library Journal. She lives in North Carolina.