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A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg
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Dec 31, 08

bookshelves: kidsstuff, african-heritage, historical

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.
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