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Little Sacrifices

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  376 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
How much would you risk to stand up for your beliefs?

When Duncan and Sarah Powell move with their daughter, May, to Savannah Georgia in 1947, they hope against hope that they’ll be welcomed. But they’re Yankees and worse, they’re civil rights advocates almost a decade too early.

At first May can pretend they’re the same as everyone else. It means keeping quiet when she know
Unknown Binding, 233 pages
Published March 22nd 2012
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Sandy Hunter
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am so very, very different from May and her family. I am a born and bred Southern Georgia girl. I am a very conservative Christian, and I am very supportive of America's place in protecting the world from dictators and megalomaniacs. So, Duncan and I would have probably been debating on different sides of most political issues. I grew up in the seventies and witnessed very few incidents of racism in my county of less than 10,000 people, over 50 percent of those are black. I have seen and heard ...more
Absolute 5-star read!!

One short week ago, I ranted to my husband about not having come across a 4 or 5-star read in far too long. Thank you, universe, for hearing my rant and offering up Jamie Scott’s absolutely excellent historical fiction novel, Little Sacrifices!

Set in 1940s Savannah, Georgia, Little Sacrifices follows the life of May and her parents as they relocate, under duress, from the North to the South. May’s parents are outspoken integrationists who have not only instilled their belie

Jamie Scott’s Little Sacrifices takes its fifteen-year-old protagonist, May, from the North States to the South in 1947, landing her in a beautifully evocative Savannah, Georgia, where the air is “humid and strong with the smell of green things” and the pace of life is “like a long exhale.” Suddenly there are black people everywhere and May's parents struggle to balance their Northern sensitivities with providing a living for their maid and remaining convinced no-one should need to be waited on.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Little Sacrifices is an extraordinary read! I have read a lot of history books about the South in the 40's and I have to say that Jamie Scott got her descriptions very accurate. I loved the back story about how the family moved from Massachusetts to the Savannah Georgia.

May has moved to Georgia from Mass with her family in the 40's. She is not so excited to be moving down south but her parents are civil right activists and very outspoken. So when they move down south they try and keep to themsel
Wendy Hines
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Little Sacrifices surprised me. I expected a young adult book since it's main character is the teenager, May, but it was so much more. Scott has an authentic voice in her historical depiction of life in the south in the nineteen forties. May has her own beliefs, but since she and her own family moved to the south so her father could get a job, she has suspended them temporarily. She wants to fit in and make new friends.

Many sensitive topics are touched upon in Little Sacrifices; Abortion, teen
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully developed characters and a strong social storyline combine to make this book a pure joy. May and her liberal parents move from Massachusetts to Savannah, where life, values and social mores are very different. There is a sub-story set in 1917 presented through May's discovery of a set of letters, neatly woven into the main thrust of the book. Covering a broad range of interpersonal relationships, historical facts and social commentary, Jamie Scott has produced a compelling, thoroughl ...more
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The subject matter was serious and thought provoking about life in the south in the 1940s/50s. The author was incredibly talented at creating a stimulating visual so I felt that I could "see" everything as it happened, yet I wasn't overwhelmed with non-consequential details as can often happen with very descriptive writing.

The characters in this book were well developed and true to themselves and overall I loved this. Definitely the best book I've read all year.
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love love loved this book. It is wonderful and should be on the best-sellers list!
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great freebie on kindle. Life in 1940s savannah with some life in the 1900s thrown in!!
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good read. Really enjoyed it. Well written
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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What is worse than moving away from all your friends and familiar places when you are a teenager? Having parents who don't fit in and are "before their times" with their view of things that's what. May is a typical teen who just wants to have friends to hang out with and parents that don't embarrass her every day. She hates that they had to move from her long time home all the way to another state, Georgia. She hates being the new girl and she worries that
Gin Oliver
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aptly titled, Little Sacrifices is a heart-warming yet sharp novel about segregation, southern values, traditionalism and the courage necessary to stand next to your morals and beliefs.

The Powell’s move to Georgia comes as Duncan Powell’s outspoken views on equality has ostracised them from their home in Massachusetts and, through limited employment options, forced them south. As May narrates through the awkward years of adolescence spent with liberal parents in an conservative society, what thi
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

Well this was quite an impressive, amazing book! If it weren't for the very slow beginning I would have given it 5 stars. A very serious book with a very serious subject matter, one that is dear to my heart - prejudice. I often say that the only people that I am prejudice against is prejudice people.

I loved that this took place in Savannah! I lived in Savannah for a couple years in the 80's. And even in the 80's it was so different than living in NY! There was so much prejudice against
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Little Sacrifices tells the story of May, she's the one telling the reader her tale as she looks back from years in the future. Her voice therefore is sometimes older than her younger self. That did not bother me as I was soon swept up in this story of a post Civil War but pre Civil Rights era Savannah. And Savannah is as much a character in the novel as any human. (It's a beautiful city now. I'm glad I didn't see it in its run down state.)

May is a transplant to the South, her father having been
Susan (The Book Bag)
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I started reading Little Sacrifices after reading an intense, YA paranormal novel. I do have to say that I rather enjoyed the relaxing, slower pace that this story had to offer me at this time. The setting of the book takes place in the South, Savannah, Georgia in 1947, and as I imagine the South being, people and events move a lot slower. I was ready for that change of pace.

As noted above, this story is a perfect fit for anyone loving The Secret Lives of Bees (loved it!) or To Kill a Mockingbir
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
This story did take me a little bit longer than usual to get into. I was not exactly sure which direction the author was going to take the story. At first I was expecting a drama filled story of an unhappy teenager, running away from home and possibly getting caught up with an older man. But after the bus ride and the conversation that she had I was warming up to the idea of it being more like a historical novel, and a coming of age story.

When May's family moves into the new house she soon disc
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: worth-reading
The story is definitely a change of pace from the normal zombie apocalypse, murder mysteries, tales of the supernatural I can typically be found reading. The setting is Savannah in the late 1940s with the primary character a 16-year-old girl who had moved with her parents (who possessed rather radical ideas for that time - her father is a history professor with bold ideas, especially for someone newly transplanted in the deep South) from Massachusetts.

The story is actually told in first person
Charlotte Lynn
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jamie Scott captured the feelings of the South, mainly Savannah, leading up to the civil rights movement.

Little Sacrifices follows May and her parents move from the North to the South. Mays parents make the move difficult for May due to their outspokenness for Negro rights and other controversial beliefs. May finds herself struggling to hold onto her beliefs and still fit in with her peers.

I felt that this is a story a friend would tell me and many times had to remind myself that it was just a s
Amie McCracken
Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Little Sacrifices by Jamie Scott is an historical novel about the American South just after World War II. But it's also about a young woman dealing with life and its curve balls.

I was instantly drawn in to the story. So much so that I'd forgotten I was reading and wasn't sitting in a hot car under the Savannah, Georgia sun myself. The characters are interesting and the history was well-integrated. The dialogue was a little hard to follow at times because the characters all seem to have the same
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a Fun read. I was intrigued by the subject matter and it didn't really disappoint. The book takes place (mostly) in the 1940s Georgia with the story centering around a family of a teenager who recently moved from the north after her father needed to find another job.

Overall, great story line. The characters were well planned out and had serious depth to them. The interactions and connections between all the characters was interesting and really helped drive the story forward. My o
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This wasn't an easy story to read it covers a lot of harsh realities that some people lived in the 1940's during a time where the world was in another war not only with other countries but a war fought against, race, skin color, hatred and religion within the time and limits of our own people.

This really was a very realistic look into the life of a teen thrown into the middle of an age old battle and how she, her family and friends fought to overcome it within the town they lived in, the world
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
One of those books that you start reading and keep reading--thinking it will get better. The setting is 1947 in Savannah, Georgia. The nation has just come out of WWII and the civil rights issues are just around the corner. May Powell, a young teenager, and her parents have relocated to Savannah from their home in Massachusetts. May's father is a history professor and starts at new job at a local college. May experiences the usual "new" student syndrome in high school. The story never does come ...more
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: don-t-miss-list
A Northern family from Massachusetts moved to Savannah Georgia in the 1940's. They find it is hard to become acclimated to the south due to differing opinions and beliefs. The story is told By May the Powell's only daughter. I would describe this book as historical fiction. The author did a fantastic job of exploring several social issues during that time period. The book flowed effortlessly and the description made you feel the humidity and see the Spanish Moss swaying in the trees. I was very ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Read on Kindle. I liked the storyline, the characters, and what the author was saying. But, when writing about pre-civil rights South, care has to taken not to blur with very well-read books. This one, to me, was well-conceived and was healthy enough with good characters and situations (if a bit cliche') to reach full gestation. But, it became the love child of The Help and To Kill A Mockingbird, with Gone With The Wind in the family tree somewhere. I do recomment it, though, it's a good read.
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting book that explores race relations in the American south through the eyes of a teenage girl. Her discovery of abandoned love letters from decades earlier promises an intriguing exploration of family secrets but turns out to be predictable familial saga with no twists that cannot be fathomed a few chapters in advance. The 'message' of the book is in the same ilk as 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' but it lacks Harper Lee's narrative skill and depth. It's an enjoyable, easy read that toys wi ...more
Jessica Moran
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a quick read, and a great book for a loaner on Amazon. I always love historical fiction, but haven't read much about the South. I did feel like the book was a little disjointed. It could have been three different stories: about a teenager growing up with liberal parents in the divided South, about that same teenager delving into the history of a woman that lived years before her, and a civil rights story complete with Ku Klux Klan. Instead it just combined all three ideas and never real ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-books
I was not very impressed with this book. The story seemed to be a bit overdone, with the continuing repeat of history throughout the generations. Every generation of female encounter the same problem as young woman. It became a bit repetitive to me. The writing at times was very confusing to me. It seemed as though many thoughts from the characters throughout where left unfinished or with no closure at all. From about 80% on, I barely skimmed pages just to get to the end.
Kim G
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
It had been a while since I have a read a book all the way through lately. This one kept my interest. It was a historical fiction book taking place mainly 1940's, pre civil war era. While the plot does seem to jump a little all over the place and there are some "adult" themes (abortion, incest, rape, murder), it is a really interesting book. Plus it is a reminder to stand up for what is really important in life.
Sally Beaudean
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Little Sacrifices in a bit on a coming of age story, as well as an interesting historical account of life in the American South in the 1940's. The main character does a lot of growing up as she learns about the pre-civil rights South as well as her own sexual growth. The author might have tried to create too many different story lines, and linking them together was just a bit too coincidental. In spite of this, however, the book is an enjoyable quick read.
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