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Kizzy Ann Stamps

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  597 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Taking things in stride is not easy for Kizzy Ann, but with her border collie, Shag, stalwart at her side, she sets out to live a life as sweet as syrup on cornbread.

In 1963, as Kizzy Ann prepares for her first year at an integrated school, she worries about the color of her skin, the scar running from the corner of her right eye to the tip of her smile, and whether anyone
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Candlewick
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Kizzy Ann Stamps tells the story of a young girl who lives in Lynchburg, VA at the time of integration. The story is told through a series of letters and journal entries to her new teacher at the white school. The story is great for upper elementary students because it showcases the varying responses of both whites and blacks to integration as well as some of the obstacles that arose. A lot of kids do not have a real grasp on what occurred during that time; this story gives some real, tangible e ...more
That book was downright painful. Who WOULD I recommend it to? Maybe a 10-year-old girl with a long attention span who absolutely must read a historical fiction book about early 1960s integration in the South for her common core assignment. That's about it.

Would a girl Kizzy Ann's age write letters that include entire paragraphs of dialogue? No. The format was unrealistic at best.

Much as I LOVE Border Collies, that element didn't make this book interesting for me. It was long and largely uneventf
Kizzy Ann Stamps is an epistolary novel set in the south in 1963. The story follows Kizzy Ann as she first writes letters and then in her journal throughout the school year. She is among a group of black students that are the first at a formerly all-white school. Kizzy Ann is a strong character and was a real joy to share in life's trials and adventures with. This book covers subjects such as discrimination, segregation, the assassination of President Kennedy, farm life, and the magnificent bree ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Kizzy Ann's story is told interestingly in journal format; she faces racism, school, growing up and friendship, all accompanied by her beloved collie, Shag. As she learns more and more about human nature and the world around her, she teaches other people a lot as well through her honest letters about growing up as a black child in a mostly-white school during the early Sixties.

Kizzy Ann Stamps isn't just a story with a powerful message about prejudice, it's also a nostalgic coming-of-age story;
Letters and journal entries from a young black girl to her first white teacher mark significant events and attitudes in the 1963-64 school year. Kizzy Ann's rapport with her remarkable dog Shag helps her withstand both physical and emotional injuries ranging from a harvest accident that leaves her with a large facial scar to hurtful words, to hurtful words, to exclusion from events because of her race. Shag keeps Kizzy from becoming bitter, but there is no devoted dog to help her older brother o ...more
Alex Baugh
It is 1963 and integration has at last come to rural Virginia. For 12 year old Kizzy Ann Stamps, that means a new school. Her teacher, Mrs. Warren, has given up her job teaching at the one room school for black students so that her kids can go to the larger, better equipped, formally all white school. It will be, Mrs. Warren tells them, a real opportunity.

As summer vacation begins, Kizzy takes Mrs. Warren's advice and writes to her new teacher, Miss Anderson. And to her surprise, Miss Anderson r
Kizzy Ann is both a typical middle-school student and one that stands out. It's 1963 and Kizzy Ann will be attending an integrated school in Virginia for the first time in her life when she begins school in the fall. She's 12 and her best friend is a stray border collie named Shag. Her story is told through a series of letters and journal entries over the course of that school year.

Kizzy Ann Stamps is a character that one feels drawn to immediately; somehow, no matter that her story takes place
This was a featured book at the Scholastic Book Fair and of course, the border collie on the cover drew me in (although Shag is described as classic black and white fur, not brown and white as in the photo). This is a great MG novel detailing the struggles with school integration for one African American girl's family in the 1960s. All Kizzy Ann's experiences and feelings ring true, as well as the sometimes chatty tone of her letters/journal entries. I was about to abandon it near the beginning ...more
This was a great book. I won't give everything because that's for you to find out. Kizzy Ann Stamps (a black girl) and her dog Shags earn their right to be in a dog competition. This is a very short review but I can assure you you'll love it!
Natalie A
Kizzy Ann Stamps is a book about a black girl and her dog Shag, who live in Lynchburg,Virginia during integration. She is starting a new school and doesn't know if she'll fit in, especially since she has a scar running from her right eye to her lip. She is also training for a herding competition, but doesn't know if they will let her in, since she is black.

This book touched my heart and reminded me that equality is a big part of our lives. I recommend this book to people who like a different ty
Dre McDermott
Cool writing style & interesting perspective on how life would have been for a black farm girl at the time. Feel this should be read with a parent as there was some historical context missing for the age group
This is another of the Black Eyed Susan chapter books for the coming year and I really enjoyed it. It's 1963 in Lynchburg, VA and school integration has arrived. Kizzy Ann will be leaving her one room black school to attend the local elementary school. Her new teacher is welcoming (she is new to the school as well, apparently many teachers left rather than teach black students) but most others are not. Her older brother in high school is not welcomed at all and as a good football player he is no ...more
Lindsey Sanfilippo
May 20, 2014 Lindsey Sanfilippo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Lindsey by: my friend
1) I choose this book because I thought the cover was adorable.

2)The plot of this book is about an African American girl named Kizzy who has a horrible scar and she has to go to a public school for the first time. She is worried and afraid that the white children will pick on her. Kizzy's dog Shag helps her with her problems and is always there for her.

3)"Shag is the only one in the world who doesn't sneak glances at my scar" This was my favorite quote because Kizzy is saying that her dog is the
This book was full of racism and hard work. I loved the times when Kizzy was training shag as it was real and made sense. However, when Mr.Feagans suddenly just started to accept her after years of treating her badly, it confused me. Just a while before, he had someone hit her with a switch. It is very unlikely that someone would do that and then try to accept them in the real world. So, in my opinion, the author could have explained that better. Otherwise, I enjoyed the book.
4 1/2* It's the summer of 1963 and Kizzy Ann Stamps is fulfilling an assignment from her old teacher. She's about to start at a new school and she is to write a letter of introduction to her new teacher. But, this isn't any old school. Kizzy Ann is being integrated into a white school and she doesn't know what to expect, so she's a bit nervous. The book is told in entirely in letters to Miss Anderson, her new teacher. The reader never sees the responses, but is able to get a good picture of Miss ...more
KIzzy Ann Stamps has a good story line, and is written as letters from Kizzy to her new teacher at the white school. I thoroughly enjoyed her adventures with her dog and finding new friends. However, the voice in this book is all wrong. Her letters did not sound like a child, much less a child of that time and setting. That made it very difficulty to finish the book, although the ending was satisfying. Good intentions, not so good delivery.
Loved it!!!! Deals with the topic of integration and civil rights in a fresh, new way. Kizzy Ann is a wonderful role model, and I loved her voice in this book. I loved how the book was written as journal entries that Kizzy Ann was writing to her white teacher. Although we don't hear from the teacher until the very end of the book, it is very clear from Kizzy Ann's entries that she was a proponent of civil rights and that Kizzy really looked up to her. She inspired her in many ways, and we come t ...more
I liked this book for many reasons. Written as historical fiction from the point of view of a 10 year old, it sheds insights only a child would understand. (Yes, there are 10 year olds who write in long paragraphs! I have a few every year like that.) It's filled with raw 10 year old emotions. Kizzy Ann struggles inwardly with what she "feels" like doing and what she "should" do because the color of her skin dictates her her outward choices due to "society's rules." Like most girls, she struggles ...more
I found this book to be tedious and boring. Many long stretches regarding border collies and dog shows. The narrative is suppposed to be a 12 year old African American girl in 1963 with very little education yet her vocabulary is exemplary. There were sentences in here that just didn't even fit or mean anything "I didn't pay any attention to his farmhouse - that was of no interest." This was written by a 12 year old girl? And the farmhouse was not mentioned again - why is this important exactly? ...more
Julie Cotton
This is one of those books that touched my heart in the most perfect way from start to finish. Much like Chancey of the Maury River and even, in some aspects, Crash. I started to mark great lines or poignant moments, but I nearly had to mark each page, sometimes more than once per page. Kizzy's voice rang true in my head, like I was listening to the book rather than reading it. I giggled a lot, grinned a lot, worried some, bit my nails at times, and I choked up more than I thought I would at a s ...more
I give this 5 stars because I learned things about passive aggressive reactions to mandatory integration that I never thought about before. I guess it's not surprising that some teachers would deliberately sabotage the black students' learning, but I was surprised.

It's 1963 in Lynchburg, VA, and Kizzy Ann Stamps' one room school for black children is closing. The children will now attend the white school, the school with a library, heat, and windows. Kizzy Ann doesn't want to go, afraid of the w
Loved this story and Kizzy Ann's strength and determination! I love the way she overcame her difficulties and the way she was able to relate to all kinds of people. She is an inspiration.
Ez'ra Clay
I choose this book because on the cover it looked like a cute story about a girl and her dog. however, the book " kizzy ann stamps" is a book about a little African American girl who is in an all white school and she feels that she cant fit in. So she tries to make friends but the only true friend she has is her dog, shag. However, little kizzy ann stamps has a big scar on her face from a framing accident; but that won't stop her from being her self. My favorite quote from this book is "when I f ...more
Jennifer Denney
I think Kizzy is a great narrator and I enjoyed reading her letters to her new teacher. Kizzy is one of four black kids who will be attending the white school in the fall of 1963. Her former teacher encourages her to write a letter to their future teacher, and Kizzy does what she's told. The entire book is only Kizzy's side of the correspondence, and through it, we learn all about her feelings about being at the white school, how her brother James is handling the transition, and all about Kizzy' ...more
Debbie Tanner
I loved the voice of Miss Kizzy Ann who is girl growing up in the south in 1963. She has an opportunity to go to an integrated school and decides to take it but it's really hard. She explains her life in a series of letters and journal entries. I really liked the fact that the it tells the story about what happens after integration-it wasn't just all kumbayah and holding hands. It was hard and people were still mean. I think this one would be great with some of the historical fiction of this tim ...more
Billie Crane
Kizzy Ann is about to start at a new integrated school and is nervous about how she will be accepted because of her skin color and her large scar across her face. Luckily for Kizzy she has her dog to keep her company and give her something to focus on as she decides to train him for a future dog show. This project helps Kizzy as she adjusts to her new school and gives her a positive experience. I thought this was a very nice book and is one many of my students have enjoyed. It is a nice combinat ...more
The second epistolary novel this week--and both were very good! (Check out Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt)
Kizzy Ann is a black girl being integrated into a white school. She has some thoughts about this, and shares them in honest, heartfelt letters to her new teacher. She also is the new owner of a border collie, Shag. I really liked Kizzy, she is no-nonsense and strong, but also kind and forgiving. This is a story of trust, friendship, race, all woven masterfully together. Oh---and
Sarah Arntson
I enjoyed this story about a black girl and her dog facing challenges in the south during integration. I'll be thinking about Kizzy Ann long after I've finished which I think is the mark of a good book. I like that it introduces kids to the injustices that children like Kizzy Ann endured during the time period without being too harsh. While I liked the conversational tone of the book, my nine-year-old daughter is struggling to get interested in the story because it is written as diary entries in ...more
Elementary OBOB, book 6. I loved this book. Written all in letters (or journal entries) it follows the life and adventures of Kizzy Ann as she writes to her new teacher in the recently integrated white school. I feel like I have studied civil rights a fair amount, but there were
many things brought to light in Kizzy Ann's writings that I had just never thought about. For instance, how the black students were relegated to JV status for sports, or how a black person wouldn't be able to show a dog.
Great book! It was a quick read. Kizzy Ann is involved in the school integrating in the 1960's but with the help of her former teacher she is able to write letters to her new teacher and they connect through letters. The whole book is written as a letter to her "new" teacher. Kizzy Ann is injured in a farming accident and must face life with a scar from the corner of her eye to the corner of her mouth. Kizzy Ann also has a beloved border collie, Shag. Shag is able to help Kizzy Ann with many thi ...more
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Jeri Watts has worked as a public school teacher for twenty-seven years. She has written numerous short stories as well as the picture book Keepers. Kizzy Ann Stamps is her first middle-grade novel. Jeri Watts lives in Virginia, where she is a professor at Lynchburg College.
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