Three stories of prejudice and intolerance which evoke the lives of black children in America both before and after World War II.
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It's hot and humid in 1933 Mississippi, when an elderly black man and a white store owner test their friendship against a backdrop of racism and peer pressure. An explosive confrontation takes place when the black man, Tom Bee, greets the clerk, John Wallace, by his first name--an intimacy unheard of at the time. A group of witnesses heckles Wallace for what they perceive as his permissiveness, and in spite of his private promise to Bee to allow him to greet him this way, Wallace betrays Bee, shooting him in the leg. This brief but poignant story won the 1988 Coretta Scott King Award. It provides strong characterization as well as food for thought on racism and human relations.About the Author:
Mildred D. Tayloris the author of nine novels includingThe Road to Memphis, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, The Land, The Well, andRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Her books have won numerous awards, among them a Newbery Medal (forRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry), four Coretta Scott King Awards, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Her bookThe Landwas awarded theL.A. TimesBook Prize and the PEN Award for Children's Literature. In 2003, Ms. Taylor was named the First Laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature. Ms. Taylor now devotes her time to her family, writing, and what she terms "the family ranch" in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains."
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # TT01401756B
Book Description PUFFIN BOOKS, 1989. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 90pp, 4 x 7 inches. Bookseller Inventory # sh2701