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Six-year-old Sarah Marie, her mother, and her little sister travel down south to visit Grandmama in the summer of 1956. Grandmama makes every effort to shield her granddaughters from the prejudice that still plagues her town. But as Sarah Marie learns to read, she notices Grandmama’s town is filled with signs and rules that she’s never understood before. As Sarah Marie tries to make sense of the world around her, she’s left wondering if life in the South will ever change.
-Bittersweet nostalgia and a gentle introduction to an important and painful piece of our national past.- Kirkus Reviews
-The strong, sensitive writing is enhanced by beautiful watercolor paintings filled with chips of light.- School Library Journal
-Told in Sarah Marie's voice, this slice of dramatic history will touch both heart and mind.- Booklist
"Bittersweet nostalgia and a gentle introduction to an important and painful piece of our national past." Kirkus Reviews
"The strong, sensitive writing is enhanced by beautiful watercolor paintings filled with chips of light." School Library Journal
"Told in Sarah Marie's voice, this slice of dramatic history will touch both heart and mind." Booklist
About the Author
Becky Birtha is the author of Grandmama's Pride and Lucky Beans, which also express her advocacy for social justice. She has degrees in children's studies and creative writing. She lives in Pennsylvania with her partner and their two young adult children.
Colin Bootman was born in Trinidad. He moved to the United States when he was seven, but the vibrant palette of the Caribbean has always influenced his painting. In 2004, he received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award. He lives in New York.