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Yankee Girl by Mary Ann Rodman
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bookshelves: children-fiction, caudill-2008, historical, friendship, civil-rights
Read in April, 2007

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 This 2008 Rebecca Caudill nominee is filled with historical references to the civil unrest and the quest for civil rights in the American 1960's. Yankee Girl has a shocking and disturbing ending brought on by a most unlikely (so Alice's classmates think) perpetrator. Alice Ann struggles with doing what her heart knows is right but also knowing by doing the right thing she will be alienating most of her peers. A most reflective piece of American history; one that challenges all of us to live up to a true and admirable character.
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