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Yankee Girl

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  561 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Mississippi and integration in the 1960s

The year is 1964, and Alice Ann Moxley's FBI-agent father has been reassigned from Chicago to Jackson, Mississippi, to protect black people who are registering to vote. Alice finds herself thrust into the midst of the racial turmoil that dominates current events, especially when a Negro girl named Valerie Taylor joins her sixth-grade
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 11th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Carol Baldwin
Oct 30, 2013 Carol Baldwin rated it it was amazing
Two girls. One white, one black. The South and civil rights. Given my own work-in-progress, Half-Truths, how could I not read Yankee Girl?

Drawing upon her own childhood experiences, the author, Mary Ann Rodman, writes in her author's note: "Like Alice (the protagonist), I was the daughter of an FBI agent. In the summer of 1964, my family moved from Chicago to Jackson, Mississippi. My father was one of 150 special agents ordered to Mississippi by President Lyndon Johnson." These agents were assig
Abby Johnson
Jun 18, 2007 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
When Alice Moxley moves to Jackson, Mississippi from Chicago, she's stunned at how Negroes are treated. Her father is an FBI agent who's been sent to Mississippi to protect black people who are registering to vote. Soon Alice learns that in order to fit in, you can't be seen as a "Negro-lover". Then Alice learns that her school will be integrated this year. Valerie Taylor, the daughter of an influential black minister, is in her class. And Alice finds herself torn between being part of the popul ...more
Alice Anne Moxley’s family moves to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 when her father, an FBI agent, is reassigned to help protect black people who are registering to vote. Alice is accustomed to moving around because of her father’s work, and she’s ok with making new friends, but the girls she meets that summer and when school starts are not welcoming to outsiders – particularly Yankee girls who love “niggers.” Alice’s only friend is a boy named Jeb who makes it clear that they’re only going to ...more
Feb 15, 2014 538pm_stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1960-s
"What a dumb, idea, white people thinking they were better than black people. But that was all Down South, far away from me. It wasn't my problem. Then we moved to Mississippi...."

Yankee Girl is a novel about a girl named Alice Moxley. Alice's father is an FBI agent, who gets transferred from Chicago to Jackson, Mississippi in the midst of intense racism and violence. Alice struggles to make friends in her 6th grade class, as most of the girls in her class refer to her as "yankee girl". When an
Nov 20, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it
Ages 9+ (racial epithets are in line with the era and location)

It's 1964 and sixth grader Alice has just moved from Chicago to Jackson, Mississippi. Her dad, an FBI agent, has been transferred to the area to deal with strife caused by the civil rights movement. Alice's family has frequently relocated, and making friends has never been a problem - except for now. In the deep South, everything seems different, and Alice is dubbed "Yankee Girl." But she's not the only outcast - integration has hit
Bronwyn Parhad
Nov 28, 2009 Bronwyn Parhad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main characters are drawn true to form; the backstory is one which will make any intelligent and caring person angry, but will also make those same people sad because any of this happened. In the midst of the civil rights movement, the murder of three young civil rights workers, and the trials of any black person at that time in Mississippi, is the story of two young girls trying to fit in. Our Yankee Girl from up North wants to be accepted and included with the popular group, and Valerie ha ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Izabella rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to teach people about the time period of the 60's. It tells a story about a girl named Alice and her life after moving to Mississippi. I love the book because it teaches you about the time period realistically but not too harshly (although it does say some inappropriate words.) I would definitely recommend this to girls, because it has some girly situations in it. I would read this book again. Actual rating:4.5
Krista Stevens
Sixth-grade Alice did not want to move from Chicago to Jackson, Mississippi where she is called, Yankee, even though it is 1964. The Civil War might be long over, but the Civil Rights War is reaching its boiling point and Alice, who is white, finds herself embroiled in it when her school becomes integrated and a black girl joins her classroom.

Alice is just a kid - nothing special about her - but your heart goes out to her as she worries about her FBI dad's safety, tries repeatedly and fails repe
Brenda Engelhardt
Feb 25, 2013 Brenda Engelhardt rated it really liked it
I read this book by recommendation of a colleague. The special thing about Yankee Girl is that it is not necessarily an "easy" or "pleasing" book to read. It takes place during the civil rights movement in the deep South. One of the main characters is a girl from the North whose father works as an FBI agent investigating race crimes. There are no easy answers in this book to the difficult problems of the time.

The background and the setting are authentically written - so if you grew up in the 60'
This book tells the story of Alice Moxley, a girl from Chicago who moves to Mississippi when her FBI agent father is assigned to help with problems regarding integration. Alice struggles with fitting in with the other kids in her sixth grade class. Things get more complicated when Valerie, a black girl, attends her school. Alice knows that the way the others treat Valerie is wrong, but she wants so much to be accepted, she does things she knows are wrong.

This book was really good. I liked the fi
Sep 18, 2011 Lydia rated it really liked it
When Alice moved to Mississippi from Chicago because of her dad, so she had to join a new school. Everything including people and manners were different in Mississippi. She hopes that she will fit in well, and school will be well too. But the first day of school was terrible. People called her 'Yankee girl' and teased how people in Chicago are. Alice is colored, so are the kids in the school. Until one day, a new girl called Valerie, an 'uncolored' girl comes to school. And the moment she comes, ...more
Jul 01, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is for children. I didn’t know that when I bought it from a charity shop but it didn’t really affect my ‘enjoyment’ of the book at all. I put enjoyment in that way because it’s not really possible to enjoy reading a book like this as the subject matter is so difficult but I would recommend it. Sometimes it’s good to be confronted with things that make us uncomfortable and we can be sure that our reactions are the right ones. The language in this book made me uncomfortable, as did the t ...more
Sep 23, 2014 ReadingMakesMeSmile rated it really liked it
This was an amazing book. Basically without any spoilers this book is about a girl named Alice who really doesnt understand racism so she trys to be-friend a girl who everyone hates dew to her color but when getting caught up in an evil cheerleading squad Alice starts to bully this girl. The storyline is seing whether Alice will choose popularity or freindhip. I certainly suggest this book.
Jan 10, 2017 Christine rated it it was amazing
YANKEE GIRL, based on author Mary Ann Rodman's childhood experiences, would make an excellent book to be taught in middle school in cross-scholastic studies of Social Studies and English. This is a compassionate (tear-jerker) story that children and teens can relate to. #civilrights #diversity

I bought and read this book when it came out, but felt the need to write a review now that children, teens, teachers & parents are looking for books about Civil Rights.
Oct 24, 2010 Callie rated it really liked it
Shelves: tcs
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Apr 04, 2010 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: civil-rights
I think this book is going to be hard to review. Here goes!

This is a story about a girl from Chicago whose dad works for the FBI. He and his family get sent down to Mississippi so that he can oversee some civil rights movement business. The story, though, is about the daughter and her new life in the South.

The story moved along well. The character development was all right. It was a quick read. I also think that it did portray the time period correctly. The author didn't water anything down - in
Jul 06, 2012 Blanca17 rated it it was amazing
It is plausible that my view of this book is biased because I received it in a somewhat emotional state from my 5th grade teacher with a quote inscribed in the cover: "It is what we do not do that is more important than what we do do if we do not follow our hearts."... Or something of that nature, because I can't recall the quote exactly at this given moment. I think during that time when I was burdened with rather heavy questions about morals and personal actions, this book became the guiding l ...more
Kathryn Mueller
This is a gem of a civil rights story! Mary Ann Rodman draws deeply on her own personal experience as she tells the story of Alice Ann Moxley, a sixth-grader who moved to Mississippi from Chicago when her FBI agent father was stationed there to help with integration. Veronica is the older daughter of Dr. Taylor, good friend of Martin Luther King Jr.

When the two of them end up in the same class, they both need a friend, but both are afraid of the consequences of reaching out to each other. Alice
Anna B
Jan 30, 2017 Anna B rated it really liked it
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Maggie Burgess
Jun 28, 2014 Maggie Burgess rated it really liked it
I'm really torn on how many stars to give it. I really enjoyed it, but I'm not sure who it's geared for. I suppose it doesn't matter- I'm just glad I read it before recommending it to (5th grade) students! Sweet cover and the reading level doesn't seem high, but the number of time the n- word is used- yikes! At what age is that fully appropriate? I understand it is to reflect the attitude and the time and the violence and heavy, heavy themes, but wow! There are people fighting to have that word ...more
Becky Birtha
Mary Ann Rodman's Yankee Girl is a tour de force that leaves this reader feeling as though she has lived through the year 1964 in Jackson, Mississippi, with Alice Ann. Caught between the values she knows to be right and has lived by all her life, and wanting to have friends and no longer be the unwelcome outsider, Alice is faced with a struggle that Rodman makes completely believable. Rodman gets the times (the songs, the clothing) and the time of life (the sixth grade boys and girls don't actua ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 4-8 216 pgs

1964, Jackson, Mississippi. 11 year old Alice Ann Moxley just wants to fit in. When her FBI father is transferred down to Mississippi to help protect African Americans registering to vote, Alice finds herself struggling to fit in. To further complicate matters, her elementary school is being integrated and many of the students and parents are not happy about it. Alice finds herself caught between doing what she knows it right and going along with the crowd to fit in.

An interesting
Tragedy strikes a small Mississippi town when prejudice and bigotry rear their ugly heads. Alice Ann Moxley has moved to this small southern town with her family. Her father is an FBI agent assigned to protect the civil rights of black residents. Alice Ann is perplexed by the townsfolk odd views of racial inequality. It makes for a volatile situation. This 2008 Rebecca Caudill nominee is filled with historical references to the civil unrest and the quest for civil rights in the American 1960's. ...more
Apr 07, 2016 Georgie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first approached this book I was very young and I wasn't sure if I was old enough to understand, but as soon as I opened up that page I was hooked to the book. It was such a good book but parts of it were very sad, like the part where the lady put salt instead of sugar on top of the pie and said "It's my special recipe for niggers", I think it was horrible the way they treated them. Another sad part was when Valerie's dad died because of the car being bombed by the teacher, I think that's ...more
Nov 21, 2009 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 1964 and Alice Ann Moxley has just moved from Chicago, IL to Jackson, MS and is in for a culture shock. In Chicago people are treated pretty much equally no matter what color their skin is. In Jackson, though, Alice is shocked to find that most black people are servants who are regarded as being below their white counterparts. Enter Valerie Taylor, the first African American girl to attend Alice's new school. Alice desperately wants to be part of the cheerleader in crowd, but also wants to ...more
Jan 15, 2013 Jsmith1000 rated it really liked it
Book and story were significant to me as a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and as my father was part of the National Guard in Mississippi when integration was taking place. It was a powerful story, a reminder to me about how far we have come with integration, and yet, how much farther we have to daughter and I read this book together as part of a mother-daughter book club we belong to, and it was quite helpful for her to read about the relationships of the girls in the book, how people p ...more
Jan 01, 2008 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is interested in South America in the 60s
Valerie is a black girl who has an amazing voice and a nice personality. You would've though that she'd get the lead in the Nativty right? But this is Mississippi 1964. She is cruelly bullied buy the bullies inside of school and the protesters outside. Alice wants to stand up for Valerie but she wants to be popular too. She is called Yankee Girl because she is from the North not the South of America. Can she stand up for Valerie...?
I loved this book. I really liked the way it was written and t
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Jan 16, 2013 Staff Favorites rated it really liked it
"Yankee Girl", Alice Ann Moxley, moves to Jackson, Mississippi in the year 1964, so her FBI agent father can help protect the civil rights workers and individuals registering to vote. Alice must deal with peer pressure and decide whether to act on her conscience or turn her cheek to the cruelties of the "popular cheerleaders" toward her black classmate, Valarie, who attends Parnell that is no longer a white shcool.

Based upon the author's true experience this book is loaded with reality and emot
Jan 13, 2013 Bella:) rated it did not like it
I am not a real fan of this book because I dont really like historical fiction so I had a hard time trying to get into the book. The book is about a girl named Alice Ann Moxle.And when racism starts to be a problem with her class in 6th grade and nobody wants to be friends with her its hard. Alice becomes an outsider. Alice thinks that the only way to become friends with people to join in on the bullying on another girl in her class. They were bulling her because of her skin color. Do you think ...more
Jennifer Wyld
Aug 06, 2008 Jennifer Wyld rated it liked it
This tells a story of school integration from the perspective of a northern, white girl who relocates to the south when her dad, and FBI agent is reassigned because of the civil rights movement. It is at times painful, because the main character doesn't stand up for what is right, until too late, but if I was 12 or so, would I have had the courage? I like to think so, but I did not live through it... and interesting thing to think about... Part of my middle school curriculum.
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Mary Ann Rodman, a former school media specialist and university librarian, is the author of First Grade Stinks!, Yankee Girl, and My Best Friend. She has received both the Ezra Jack Keats Award for Outstanding New Picture Book Writer and the Charlotte Zolotow Award. Rodman holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an MFA in Writing for Child ...more
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