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The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
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Oct 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: multicultural-literature

Jacqueline Woodson’s, The Other Side tells a story of two girls divided by the color of their skin. Clover, the young African-American narrator, lives beside a fence that segregates her town. On the other side of the fence lives Annie, a white girl about the same age. Both girls are instructed to never cross the fence, perhaps symbolism for their divided worlds. At first the girls ignore each other as they play on their separate sides. As the summer progresses, they get curious about each other as Clover watches Annie from her bedroom window Annie watches Clover from the fence line. Eventually, the two girls feel brave enough to introduce themselves, sit together on the fence and finally Annie crosses to the other side to play with Clover and her friends. The story ends with a strong representation of the segregation issues of the time, “Someday somebody’s going to come along and knock this old fence down”. This book is an excellent example of how racial issues extend even to the very young.

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