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Letters to Missy Violet by Barbara Hathaway
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Feb 01, 12

Read in February, 2012

Letters of Missy Violet is the sequel to Missy Violet and Me. The book follows the day to day life of Viney an African American girl living in the rural south. Viney spent her summer working with Missy Violet who "catches babies"and makes herbal medicines for the members of the community. Missy Violet is away and Viney keeps in touch with letters about her life from the things that happen at school to a meeting with the KKK while walking home.

This is a nice children's book that puts the reader in the day to day life of an African American girl living in the segregated south. While the writing was good and the location interesting what I really felt was missing was a solid plot to keep the reader interested. It is however short enough that it won't take long to finish.


Appropriateness: There are some racial and historical issues in the book that will need some adult explanation if this book is read by very young readers. Nothing that children will find difficult to read but an explanation of the context will make the book more meaningful. The book is written in Viney's dialect which takes some getting used to and may prove difficult for beginning readers. I would recommend this book to readers 8-10.

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