I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This Author:Jacqueline Woodson Twelve-year-old Marie is a leader among the popular black girls in Chauncey, Ohio, a prosperous black suburb. She isn't looking for a friend when Lena Bright, a white girl, appears in school. Yet they are drawn to each other because both have lost their mothers. And they know how to keep a secret. For Lena has a secret that is terrifying, ans sh... more »e's desperate to protect herself and her younger sister from their father. Marie must decide whether she can help Lena by keeping her secret...or telling it.« less
This is an excellent book. It is a Corette Scott King Honor Book. I also wouldn't say it is just for children. I am 22 and while it only took a few hours to lead I got a great deal out of it. It is also very well written.