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Kizzy Ann Stamps

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Taking things in stride is not easy for Kizzy Ann, but with her border collie, Shag, stalwart at her side, she sets out to live a life as sweet as syrup on cornbread.

In 1963, as Kizzy Ann prepares for her first year at an integrated school, she worries about the color of her skin, the scar running from the corner of her right eye to the tip of her smile, and whether anyone
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Candlewick (first published August 1st 2012)
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Madison Larscheid I thought it was okay but I would still recommend you reading it if you like hearing about school drama and sheep hoarding dogs in the letter format

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Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kizzy Ann Stamps tells the story of a young girl who lives in Lynchburg, VA at the time of integration. The story is told through a series of letters and journal entries to her new teacher at the white school. The story is great for upper elementary students because it showcases the varying responses of both whites and blacks to integration as well as some of the obstacles that arose. A lot of kids do not have a real grasp on what occurred during that time; this story gives some real, tangible e ...more
That book was downright painful. Who WOULD I recommend it to? Maybe a 10-year-old girl with a long attention span who absolutely must read a historical fiction book about early 1960s integration in the South for her common core assignment. That's about it.

Would a girl Kizzy Ann's age write letters that include entire paragraphs of dialogue? No. The format was unrealistic at best.

Much as I LOVE Border Collies, that element didn't make this book interesting for me. It was long and largely uneventf
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great read! Told through journal entries to her new teacher, Kizzy Ann describes her feelings attending an integrated school and talks excitedly about her border collie Shag. The author gives a very real voice to Kizzy Ann- I found myself celebrating her highs and wallowing in her lows throughout the book. The other characters did a great job of adding an extra element of authenticity to this great story. Highly recommend this one!
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was good and it is a good quick read for people looking for easy historical fiction book. I recommend this to older group of readers because it talks about slavery and the beating of kids for that fact that they don't have the same race. Its an overall good book, and I recommend you pick it up and read it.
Scottsdale Public Library
Everything isn't easy for Kizzy Ann, especially since it's just the start of integration, but she has her border collie, Shag, to help her through everything. Black people aren't allowed to have their pets in shows, so when Kizzy Ann wants to get Shag into the dog show, she is determined to find a way. This is like an entertainment book, so I would recommend this book for people the ages of 8-14. -Neyvada S., Appaloosa Teen Advisory Board Reviewer
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
Amazingly strong main character. She is honest, curious, sensitive, strong-willed yet eager to find her place in the world without causing harm to others. Well-written and I loved the format of letter/journal entries to her teacher. A classic!
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is a great piece of literature. Great for understanding the Civil Rights Era better.
Alex  Baugh
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
It is 1963 and integration has at last come to rural Virginia. For 12 year old Kizzy Ann Stamps, that means a new school. Her teacher, Mrs. Warren, has given up her job teaching at the one room school for black students so that her kids can go to the larger, better equipped, formally all white school. It will be, Mrs. Warren tells them, a real opportunity.

As summer vacation begins, Kizzy takes Mrs. Warren's advice and writes to her new teacher, Miss Anderson. And to her surprise, Miss Anderson r
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kizzy Ann is both a typical middle-school student and one that stands out. It's 1963 and Kizzy Ann will be attending an integrated school in Virginia for the first time in her life when she begins school in the fall. She's 12 and her best friend is a stray border collie named Shag. Her story is told through a series of letters and journal entries over the course of that school year.

Kizzy Ann Stamps is a character that one feels drawn to immediately; somehow, no matter that her story takes place
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, obob-2015
Kizzy Ann Stamps is an epistolary novel set in the south in 1963. The story follows Kizzy Ann as she first writes letters and then in her journal throughout the school year. She is among a group of black students that are the first at a formerly all-white school. Kizzy Ann is a strong character and was a real joy to share in life's trials and adventures with. This book covers subjects such as discrimination, segregation, the assassination of President Kennedy, farm life, and the magnificent bree ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Letters and journal entries from a young black girl to her first white teacher mark significant events and attitudes in the 1963-64 school year. Kizzy Ann's rapport with her remarkable dog Shag helps her withstand both physical and emotional injuries ranging from a harvest accident that leaves her with a large facial scar to hurtful words, to hurtful words, to exclusion from events because of her race. Shag keeps Kizzy from becoming bitter, but there is no devoted dog to help her older brother o ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a featured book at the Scholastic Book Fair and of course, the border collie on the cover drew me in (although Shag is described as classic black and white fur, not brown and white as in the photo). This is a great MG novel detailing the struggles with school integration for one African American girl's family in the 1960s. All Kizzy Ann's experiences and feelings ring true, as well as the sometimes chatty tone of her letters/journal entries. I was about to abandon it near the beginning ...more
Natalie A
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kizzy Ann Stamps is a book about a black girl and her dog Shag, who live in Lynchburg,Virginia during integration. She is starting a new school and doesn't know if she'll fit in, especially since she has a scar running from her right eye to her lip. She is also training for a herding competition, but doesn't know if they will let her in, since she is black.

This book touched my heart and reminded me that equality is a big part of our lives. I recommend this book to people who like a different ty
Rebecca McNutt
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kizzy Ann's story is told interestingly in journal format; she faces racism, school, growing up and friendship, all accompanied by her beloved collie, Shag. As she learns more and more about human nature and the world around her, she teaches other people a lot as well through her honest letters about growing up as a black child in a mostly-white school during the early Sixties.

Kizzy Ann Stamps isn't just a story with a powerful message about prejudice, it's also a nostalgic coming-of-age story;
Thalia P
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think Kizzy Ann Stamps was a great book because the book tells you how life was being black and her life as a child. Kizzy Stamps is moving schools and she is going to a white school. She has a moon like scar on her cheek form an farming incendent. There is this boy who is following her around and he thinks that they are friends but she is annoyed by him. She has a dog and named Shag she goes where she goes not all the time and she cares for her. Shag is a border collie and she got bit by a sn ...more
Kelsey Gourd
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
KIzzy Ann Stamps has a good story line, and is written as letters from Kizzy to her new teacher at the white school. I thoroughly enjoyed her adventures with her dog and finding new friends. However, the voice in this book is all wrong. Her letters did not sound like a child, much less a child of that time and setting. That made it very difficulty to finish the book, although the ending was satisfying. Good intentions, not so good delivery.
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: remember, share
This book was full of racism and hard work. I loved the times when Kizzy was training shag as it was real and made sense. However, when Mr.Feagans suddenly just started to accept her after years of treating her badly, it confused me. Just a while before, he had someone hit her with a switch. It is very unlikely that someone would do that and then try to accept them in the real world. So, in my opinion, the author could have explained that better. Otherwise, I enjoyed the book.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a great book. I won't give everything because that's for you to find out. Kizzy Ann Stamps (a black girl) and her dog Shags earn their right to be in a dog competition. This is a very short review but I can assure you you'll love it!
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story and Kizzy Ann's strength and determination! I love the way she overcame her difficulties and the way she was able to relate to all kinds of people. She is an inspiration.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story Kizzy Ann Stamps the story is about this little girl named Kizzy and she lives in Lynchburg, VA. This story has the little girl that sends letters and journal entries to her new teacher at the white school. Kizzy doesn’t want to go to the white school. This story showcases varying responses of both black and whites to integration as well as some obstacles ahead. And she has a Border Collie Shag. Shag has helped Kizzy through everything. In the book black people aren’t allowed to have ...more
Aubrey Grant
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The book Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts is about a girl who doesn’t give up. Kizzy ann got a scar from an accident and she is worried of what people think of her. She has a dog named Shag who they found wandering around. It is her first year at a white school and she has a very nice teacher who gave her a journal to write in because she loves writing. Kizzy ann works with Shag so they can enter a dog show. In the dog show they win first place and she was the only girl and black
Kimberly Brandley
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kizzey Ann Stamps is about a young girl named Kizzey Ann. She is a Native American who was unfortunately not treated the way that she should be. Because she is black she cant do all of the things that she has always wished to do. She has a dog that she really loves and she wants to show him and present him to all of the people. In a dog show, and she gets to do until they get mad at Kizzy for entering because she is black and she should not be aloud in to the dog show.
In the book Kizzy Ann stam
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't read many YA novels these days. But this one was donated to the school library I work in, and it caught my eye because I lived through the period in which it is set. The novel is a first-person narrative from the POV of an elementary-school-age African-American girl whose all-black school is closed down so the students can be integrated into the local "white" school in the early 1960s. I must say I am highly suspicious of black characters written by white authors, especially in the first ...more
I read this book with my fourth graders as a lit circle.

It is not a plot driven book, and would not be considered a page turner full of excitement. However, I thought it was a great literature discussion book. Kizzy Ann is a black girl growing up in the 1960s, and is one of the first kids to head to an integrated elementary school.

This book is mostly about race, integration, and being true to yourself despite differences. I found it to be an extremely powerful teaching tool when talking about
Sarah Sarang
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2016
I learned a lot more about school integration from this book, but I wasn't that interested in the dog part of the story since I'm not really a pet person. I really liked understanding the differences between Kizzy's old black school and the new integrated school, but I felt like the problems between her and her classmates were fixed a little too easily. I also thought the end of the book seemed like it was trying too hard to teach too many lessons. I like when books have inspiring themes, but I ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Since the story tackles difficult subjects such as segregation, racism, and civil rights, it can be tough to read sometimes.  Still, I highly recommend this story for a few reasons. 

1.  The story gives a peek into how racism affects children and how children handled life in the Civil Rights Era. 

2. The story is inspiring as we watch Kizzy hold strong to who she is despite the negativity and racism she faces. 

3. We see how important it is to create a safe space for children through the support Ki
Cintia Argueta
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-3090
I rated this a five because I enjoy books that connect to the past, and I think that books such as this one can teach valuable lessons.

Kizzy Ann stamps is about an African American girl who is started at an all white school because of integration. Her dog is what keeps her motivated to go to school. Even though there is hatred from others because she is African American, she does not let it get the best of her.

I could use this book to teach about that time period that schools could no longer be
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The story of Kizzy Ann's first year at an integrated school in 1963-64. The story is more about Kizzy's relationship with her dog than about school. This book brings to light the day-to-day obstacles and mistreatment some African Americans faced in that time. The story is told as Kizzy writes to her new teacher, first in letters, then in a journal. This technique is awkward at times, as some of the things Kizzy writes doesn't really fit into what a twelve-year-old would write to her teacher. How ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Kizzy Ann through the letters and journal entries as she navigates the murky waters of integration of black students into white schools during 1964. A thoughtful novel for middle graders who might be surprised how difficult this was for both blacks and whites. The author invites empathy, and compassion from her readers and helps us see (thru the eyes of a young girl) that prejudice always hurts civil society and we must be diligent in eliminating it as much a ...more
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Jeri Watts has worked as a public school teacher for twenty-seven years. She has written numerous short stories as well as the picture book Keepers. Kizzy Ann Stamps is her first middle-grade novel. Jeri Watts lives in Virginia, where she is a professor at Lynchburg College.

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