Indigo and Ida

(Carolrhoda Books/Lerner, April 2023)

Investigative reporter Indigo is running for student council president. She’s hoping her hard-hitting vlog stories will raise her profile and win her votes. As she launches her campaign, she finds a sheaf of historical letters written by 19th century journalist Ida B. Wells. Mixed-race Indigo connects deeply with Ida through these letters as she starts reporting on an unfair disciplinary policy at her school.  Ida’s letters continue to bolster Indigo when she faces backlash from other students and must decide whether she’s brave enough to keep speaking her truth — even if it costs her the election. 

Praise for INDIGO AND IDA:

” … a moving and inspiring debut that champions fighting against injustice.”

“Indigo is a relatable and sympathetic character, and the social justice issues she champions at her school are timely and ring true.

–★ Starred  Review: Booklist

” … spirited and poignant novel for middle-grade readers.”

“Indigo and Ida is a powerful and climactic contemporary novel.”

–★ Starred  Review: Shelf Awareness

“A satisfying story that demonstrates how the past can shed light on the present.” –Kirkus Reviews

Publisher’s Weekly calls INDIGO AND IDA an “endearing debut…”

“Forthright conversations surrounding privilege between Indigo and her white mother further elevate this complex depiction of race and discrimination.” Publisher’s Weekly

“Blending past and present, and brimming with passion on every page, Indigo and Ida is a testament to the power of standing up for what’s right, even when it feels lonely. Indigo’s story will ring true with anyone who’s ever been told they’re too intense, too divisive, too much. 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

“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

“Heather Murphy Capps delivers the kind of book teachers will want in their classroom. At once educational and thoroughly entertaining, I enjoyed every page!” –Amanda Rawson Hill, author of The Hope of Elephants

“Weaving snippets from the life of Ida B. Wells into the story of a modern-day middle school reformer, INDIGO AND IDA is engaging, important, and impossible to put down.” –Cindy Baldwin, author of The Stars of Whistling Ridge