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The Empty Schoolhouse

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Lullah is very happy when the parochial school is integrated and she can go to classes with her white friend.
Hardcover, 119 pages
Published December 31st 1969 by HarperCollins Canada (first published 1965)
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Josiah
Apr 10, 2009 Josiah rated it liked it
This story exceeded my expectations for it, as did the other Natalie Savage Carlson book that I have read.
Interestingly, what seemed the strength of this narrative to me was not the well-done story of racial prejudice that affected the innocent kids of this town, dragging them into a fight that they never wanted. Rather, what was most compelling of all to me was the sadness surrounding Lullah's crumbling friendship with her best friend Oralee, a bond between a white girl and a black girl that
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Cheryl
Dec 03, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Highly recommended, with two caveats. Lighter skin and wavy hair is explicitly preferred, at least by the narrator, the darker sister, who feels much less pretty than Lullah. But then, we can talk about how Emma didn't think very highly of herself in any case, and considered Lullah prettier just because she also considered her smarter, braver, etc.

And the bad guy does use the N word. Which may be why this is less known than it should be.

Interestingly, when it was first written, it was (according
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Ayun Halliday
Periodically I find myself trying to remember the name of this book, which I found in my elementary school's library and read several times. I can still see one of the illustrations...and remember my dismay when the friendship between the two picnicking friends, one black, one white, fell apart.

This is the title I thought of first when I heard of Marley's awesome project #1000BlackGirlBooks
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Jul 10, 2009 Mariana rated it really liked it
This book is about segregation and how it can get started. In this book a town was kind to blacks and didn't care if they were different but some people came and started to cause trouble. This book is great.
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Well, of course I don't love every bit of how the black families and people are portrayed, but especially considering when the book was written, it was pretty darn good.
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Natalie Savage Carlson was born on October 3, 1906, in Kernstown, Virginia. After she married, she moved around a great deal as the wife of a Navy officer, living for many years in Paris, France.

Her first story was published in the Baltimore Sunday Sun when she was eight years old.

Her first book, The Talking Cat and Other Stories of French Canada (where her mother was born), was published in 1952.
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