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A Thousand Never Evers

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  489 ratings  ·  134 reviews
IN KUCKACHOO, MISSISSIPPI, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett worships her brother Elias and follows in his footsteps by attending the black junior high school. But when her careless act leads to her brother’s disappearance and possible murder, Addie Ann, Mama, and Uncle Bump struggle with not knowing if he’s dead or alive. Then a good deed meant to unite Kuckachoo sets off a chain o ...more
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Delacorte Press (first published 2008)
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Denise Gianelli

A slice of Southern life during the Civil Rights era, told from the perspective of little Addie Ann Pickett, who is 12 years old. She lives in Kuckachoo, Mississippi in 1963. Addie Ann is a strong character who tells us about her Mama, Uncle Bump, Flapjack, her cat and her brother Elias. Small moments of happiness and triumph, mixed with lots of worry, unfairness, prejudice, and fear are expressed in Addie's words. As Addie's understanding of segregation and her determination to come out on top
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Bobby Simic
By-the-book and somewhat lifeless tale of racism in the 1960s South (it owes a lot to "To Kill a Mockingbird," if you ask me). The overstuffed story lurches and never properly builds. It tries too hard to incorporate bits of history with the (too) many instances of racism that Addie Ann's family goes through, and, therefore, lacks momentum. This is on our Mock Newbery list. It shouldn't be honored. Not bad, and its heart is in the right place, but not a stand-out.
Denise Johnson
I listened to "A Thousand Never Evers" as an audiobook. The narrator was excellent and brought the emotion of the main character, Addie Ann Picket, and of the time to the forefront. The book references many historical events that play a role in the roller coaster ride of events that lead to a satisfying ending.
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A Thousand Never Evers
Shana Burg

In Kuckachoo Mississippi, 1963 was a time of racial prejudice. Addie Ann Pickett, a twelve-year-old girl, tries to live a normal life and ignore the slurs that white folk give her. When some older white boys harass her, Addie's brother starts a fight and then flees. He is gone for months and Addie's family doesn't know if he is alive. Later that summer, Addie's uncle is accused of an incident at the white folks' garden and it's up to Addie to save him.
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Jen
A Thousand Never Evers is the story of Addie, growing up in rural Kuckachoo, Mississippi in 1963. Admidst the backdrop of some of the most memorable events in the early Civil Rights movement, Maddie and her family deal with racism on a small town level.

This novel opens with a "Note to the Readers" written by the author, Shana Burg. She writes about the prejudice she experienced as a young girl - a boy drawing a swastika on her notebook in 7th grade, and then goes on to relate her feelings about
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Ms. Braem
Sky Holt

I think this book has done a great job at developing the characters in this book. It shows great detail and is a major page turner. The plot its self was very different. It shows a lot from the past. It wasn't a real attention grabber until I got more into the book. It was a little bland at first but it gets better. This author uses big words that would make you have the desire to read on. She uses words that we usually don't and wouldn't say today. My reactions to this book was a littl
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Carol Baldwin
Enjoyed this middle grade book about a young girl coming of age in Mississippi in the civil rights era. Well written and thought provoking; a good supplemental book for upper elementary and middle school students studying the time period. I particularly liked how Shana Burg portrayed a convincing young heroine who works for what she believes and is an instrument of change in the community.
Parker
To celebrate Martin Luther King Day, I have a review for you: A Thousand Never Evers. This book takes place during the Civil Rights Movement, so I thought it was appropriate to post it today.

A Thousand Never Evers takes place in Kuckachoo, Mississippi. Seventh grader Addie Ann Picket lives there, along with her older brother Elias, Mama, and Uncle Bump. They all go to a meeting every week at their church about their rights as “colored” people.

The family works for a kind, rich, white man called
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Kimberly Marksberry
Geared toward a young audience but I found it immersive, captivating, and didn't want to turn it off (audio book). Found myself becoming truly angry at the injustices and wanting to do something about them. I think it would have the same effect on a child reader and would be a great way to engage them in learning about the civil rights movement.
Sarah
Loved this book. My 11 year old daughter read it and loved it, so I wanted to read it too. Deals with the realities of Jim Crow laws in the south. It really put life into what those laws actually meant to African Americans, and the lack of freedom they experienced. Lots of talking points for us to discuss. Highly recommend.
Lisa
I read some great reviews of this book, but I don't think it lived up to them. I loved Addie Ann and her family and I think young readers will appreciate the ending, but I don't think this one will stand the test of time like Roll of Thunder has.
Aparna
I like how this book described the times of integration. I actually had to read this book in school for an assignment. Frankly, I kind if dozed of in the middle of this book.
Elena
I haven't finished this book, in fact I only heard a few minutes but right away I was interested.
Ms. Braem
A Thousand Never Evers
By: Chloe DeMaso

The author's characters are believable because of the way they act is very interesting. The plots and writings style were great at grabbing attention because I didn't want to stop reading at all. The author was really great at making me keep on reading. There were so much actions that I didn't want to stop reading the book "A Thousand Never Evers" I was surprise with the book because it was so good around. This is a book that i will never forget. I am lea
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Karen Ball
"The Supreme Court passed a law that violates our state's right to educate the children of Mississippi as we see fit... Fortunately, I'm in charge of the schools in Kuckachoo, so I'm just not gonna follow that law. Integration here? That ain't nothin' but a thousand never evers!"
This is a story of the Civil Rights Movement in the South, told through the eyes of Addie Ann Pickett. Addie Ann learns of the murder of Medgar Evers from her beloved older brother Elias, and shortly after that, he knock
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Lindsey
Very much in the tone of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird or John Grisham’s A Time To Kill, this exposé of the climate of the South in 1963 reveals the social and racial tension 100 years after slavery had been banned. The mentality of the African American community is still too often that of passive-aggressive servitude, and taking that final step to bridging the gap proves to be more of a mountain than it should be. The White community is often both cruel and two-faced when it comes to their ...more
Donna
It's my experience that most teens and young people know little to nothing of the days of Jim Crow in this country and the horrible situations that led to the civil rights era. This book fills some of that gap.

The narrator's voice is decidedly female so boys aren't likely to stick with the book. There's much for a male reader though in the roles that black and white men of the South had in those times - whether they liked them or not...

I wish every young person could read this book and that man
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Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This novel told in present tense is emotional and powerful.

I like the Notes to Readers before, rather then after, the story. It sets the stage and does not pretend to be true but it presents enough historical connection to the story. The author is very good with language and very appropriate figure of speech for Addie Ann.

The one thing that I don't quite get is why Addie has to have the issue with ""quivering lower lip"" -- and on page 251 when there is serious danger, she does not mention qui
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Kate Hastings
Jan 01, 2009 Kate Hastings rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 4-8 civil rights african-americans
A painfully beautiful story of a 12 year-old African-American girl coming of age in a small Mississippi town in 1963.

Addie Ann Pickett lives a good life. They live in a snug home with dirt that peeps through the floor boards. Her daddy died before she was born, her brother works taking in the harvest and she and her Mama work taking care of rich white folks in their homes. She and her brother attend school, walking past white schools three miles to get junior high. But her whole life changes whe
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Allison
Burg, Shana A Thousand Never Evers! 320pgs. Delacorte Books for Young Readers Language~PG, Sexual Content~G; Violence~PG-13

“IN KUCKACHOO, MISSISSIPPI, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett worships her brother Elias and follows in his footsteps by attending the black junior high school. But when her careless act leads to her brother’s disappearance and possible murder, Addie Ann, Mama, and Uncle Bump struggle with not knowing if he’s dead or alive. Then a good deed meant to unite Kuckachoo sets off a chain of
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george
It's 1963 and Addie is twelve in Kuckachoo, Mississippi. Living with her mother, older brother, and uncle, Addie's life is starting to change. The Civil Rights Movement is starting to happen all around them in response to the horrific activities performed on blacks in the South. Addie is soon smack in the middle of it when her brother disappears after "attacking" a white boy. And soon her uncle is accused of a crime against the town. Addie doesn't know it yet, but it may be all up to her to save ...more
Gayle H. Swift
It's one thing to read about prejudice and injustice and totally different to experience it personally. A Thousand Never Evers introduces young readers to these painful realities through the eyes of twelve-year-old Addie Ann.
Shana Burg manages to conjure the context of race issues in 1963 Mississippi with richness and intensity and has created characters that thrum with emotion--love, jealousy,anger, grief, sadness, terror and courage. The reader feels the interconnectedness of the black and
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Rana Ansari
Like the darkest hour before the crack of dawn, ATNE portrays the gloom of injustice during segregation reaching its climax and paving the way for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The flawless amalgamation of the cruel atrocities and heart wrenching prejudice along with a mysterious event will keep the readers alert and thrilled.
Brilliant penmanship!
Kayla
This book is about a young girl named Addie who is growing up in Kuckachoo, Mississippi in 1963. Addie and her family worked for someone as a helper around the house (not classified as a slave). When the owner of where she worked died she had to find a new job. In her boss's it was written that all the workers that he had were to get a piece of his land but the officers took over and they didn't have it. Now they are in a meeting for civil rights and a gang of people are outside of their church ...more
Alesia Nicole
Seeing the civil rights movement thru a child's eyes = priceless! It was really interesting hearing about the movement thru a child's perspective. From her not understanding anything that is going on around her to her not only understanding the depth of everything but also empowering her community to fight back for their rights and what is rightfully theirs.
Megan
3 1/2 stars

Follows Addie Ann Pickett through the summer and fall of 1963. It's a time when racial tensions are running high in the south; in fact the book opens with the death of Medgar Evers and mentions Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Birmingham church bombing through the course of events. Things really hit home for Addie when her older brother comes to her defense in a confrontation with a couple of white boys, and then is forced to flee when one of the white boys is seriously injured. Life g
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Heidi Busch
I think this is a good book for older children to get an idea of what life was like for young African American children in the 1960's. The author's notes at the beginning and end of the book were interesting as well.

Kim
Probably 2.5 stars. I'm confused about how this ended up on YALSA's "Amazing Audiobooks" list. Yes, the narrator does a pretty good job, but this book is not well-written at all. The similes, oh my word. There was a simile just about every other sentence. It was painful, especially when the author kept stopping in the middle of dramatic narratives to add in more similes. It got so bad that I actually yelled, in the car, "JUST TELL THE EFFING STORY!" Crimony!

The story stars off promising enough b
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Victoria Becker
A Thousand Never Evers is a lexile level 830 which translates to a reading level U. The target reading level for 5th grade is T, U and V at the end of 5th grade. This book is right on level for 5th grade. Some of the content needs to be read as a whole class because it needs to be discussed at length. This book is historical fiction.
NYS CC Standards: Students Will Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama
respond to challe
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susie stewart
Good book

I would recommend this for everyone.
very good book I've enjoyed every minute of reading this book. like the information at the end.
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