The 1990 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award was presented to Tracy Kidder for Among Schoolchildren and Alec Wilkinson for Big Sugar.
Among Schoolchildren chronicles a year in the life of a diverse fifth-grade class in Holyoke, an industrial city in southwestern Massachusetts. Kidder presents “a compelling microcosm of what is wrong—and right—with our educational system” (Publishers Weekly, 1990).
Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. In addition to the RFK Book Award, Kidder has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and many other literary prizes.