Spite Fences
Trudy Krisher
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Spite Fences

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In Kinship, Georgia everything begins to change for 13-year-old Maggie Pugh in the summer of 1960. It is the summer when Maggie must decide whether to tell anyone about the horrible thing she saw. Most of all it's the summer of Maggie's first camera, a tool that becomes a way for her to find independence and a different kind of truth.
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Published August 1st 1996 by Perfection Learning (first published 1994)
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Jan 26, 2010 Brittany rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Youth aged 11-15
How I Came To Read This Book: In grade 9 we had to do a book report every month, which resulted in me getting to buy a new book every month. Thus began my book-buying obsession. Actually that probably started with the Scholastic book orders in elementary school.

The Plot: Maggie is a newly minted teenager living in Georgia, that is used to a certain kind of living that divides the rich and the poor, the whites and the blacks. However, she also happens to be living in 1960, when things are startin...more
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When I picked up this book, I thought it would be too young for me. After all, I'm too old to be reading books about 13-year-olds. But I'm so glad I decided to read it.

The author must have done her research. The detail in this book is clear and paints a picture of the town in which these characters live. It's one of those stereotypical Southern towns, where the people are stubbern and segregation is taken for granted as a way of life. It's 1960, and desegregation is sweeping the nation. But Kin...more
I had to read this book for my adolescent fiction class. I loved it! Very dramatic and emotional. I grew very attached to the characters. It really represents the coming of age of a young girl who realizes that all the racism and hatred in her town wasn't the way to live. It also deals with PTSD because Maggie couldn't remember the event that happened to a friend who she watched violently beaten.. She didn't want to remember it. It also describes the story of a budding photographer who uses her...more
Shanda Braithwaite
I would say 3.5 stars. It is a good story showing racial tension in the deep south shortly after desegregation. This book was on our local school districts banned book list and a book club chose to read it. It has some disturbing abuse and subject matter but was a well written book about a very serious period in american history. It is written for young adults and would definitely show them a very different view than the lives they are used to on a level of racial equality, but also just as havi...more
Hannah Perry
AWESOME!!! Great story.
I started this book years ago, but only got maybe half way through. I think I was a bit too young for it at the time, and didn't know what to expect. I've wanted to find this book again for years now, but couldn't remember the title or author. I finally found it after much searching. Not a bad book. I'd say it was worth finding it again.
A teenage white girl befriends a older black man who encourages her and changes her life. It is a sad look at prejudice and poverty. Well-written and recommended.
Good details in this book. I recommend it for anyone who needs to know what being equal means; and yet what it takes to be independent.
i am not to far into it and at first it was really boring and really hard to get into it but now it os starting to become good!!
A better racial story than Black Like Me...
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