Spring 2023

Indigo and Ida

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 7
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

When eighth grader and aspiring journalist Indigo breaks an important story, exposing an unfair school policy, she’s suddenly popular for the first time.

The friends who’ve recently drifted away from her want to hang out again. Then Indigo notices that the school’s disciplinary policies seem to be enforced especially harshly with students of color, like her. She wants to keep investigating, but her friends insist she’s imagining things.

Meanwhile, Indigo stumbles upon a book by Black journalist and activist Ida B. Wells—with private letters written by Ida tucked inside. As she reads about Ida’s lifelong battle against racism, Indigo realizes she must choose between keeping quiet and fighting for justice.

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On pre-order until 04/04/2023
On pre-order until 04/04/2023
Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 6
Category Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 312
Publication Date 2023-04-04
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039290, JUV039120, JUV011010
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Guided Reading Level Y
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, and Reviewed


Chad Lucas

“Put this in the hands of every kid who’s ready to change the world.”—Chad Lucas, author of Thanks a Lot, Universe and Let the Monster Out

Cindy Baldwin

“Engaging, important, and impossible to put down.”—Cindy Baldwin, author of Where the Watermelons Grow and The Stars of Whistling Ridge

Christina Li

“Powerful and emotionally resonant, Indigo and Ida is a poignant story about taking a stand for justice and speaking one’s truth.”—Christina Li, author of Clues to the Universe

Amanda Rawson Hill

“I enjoyed every page!” —Amanda Rawson Hill, author of The Hope of Elephants

Author: Heather Murphy Capps

Heather Murphy Capps grew up in a small Minnesota town where the motto is "Cows, Colleges, and Contentment." She spent fifteen years as a television news journalist before deciding to focus on her favorite kind of writing: books for kids involving history, social justice, science, mystery, and a touch of magic. A mixed-race author committed to diversity in publishing, she lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, two kids, two cats, and yes, even some cows, colleges, and contentment. Indigo and Ida is her debut novel.