No One Ever Asked

No One Ever Asked
By Katie Ganshert
Publisher: WaterBrook
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 04/03/18

Award-winning author Ganshert tackles social issues head-on, challenging assumptions about the shapes racism can take. She also addresses bullying, gun safety, and the struggles of parenting an adopted, emotionally damaged child.

PTA chair Camille Gray protests in a school board meeting that “no one ever asked” the affluent Crystal Ridge parents if they wanted predominantly black students from a poor, failing school district to transfer to their superior schools. She insists parents’ resistance has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with drugs, gang activity, and the lowering of the school district’s stellar ratings.

It has everything to do with race.

Ganshert explores privilege, racism, and distrust through the lens of three women: a young black teacher, the mother of a troubled child adopted from Liberia, and the well-heeled Christian mom Camille. Resentment, misunderstanding, and tensions grow among Crystal Ridge’s children, teens, and adults and explode in one tragic moment.

Recommend this gripping, skillfully written novel as an excellent choice for book clubs.

—Lynn Waalkes