Fiorella was reading a book set in the 1950s in which black students resented being issued second-hand school books. Now, there were many inequities back then, but hand-me-down schoolbooks were not one of them. In those days, EVERYBODY got school books with several names listed on the inside front cover. The trick was to get a book that had been used by a top-notch student because it might have good underlinings in it--not that students were supposed to mark on the pages, of course.
Fio remembers getting a book that had eight names written in the printed grid, then four more below it. But Kenny Jones's sister's name was one of them, and the teachers still talked about how smart she was.