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So begins this tender story, set in 1948, when Satchel Paige was in the majors, Ralph Bunche was at the U.N., and each evening Sooky and her family turned on the radio to listen to Amos 'n' Andy. Uncle Sunny, a veteran of the 92nd Division in World War II -- it was his time, too. But mostly it was Sooky's time, as she sat on the curb with her best friend Tallahassie May ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published August 13th 2002 by Yearling Books (first published December 31st 1974)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This collection of poems tells the story of a girl growing up in 1948. A notable scene handled well is when she gets her first period and doesn't know what it is and is scared until an adult tells her the facts.
Great blank verse novel that introduced me to Jim Crow, The Hit Parade, and Amos and Andy. My copy is loved to tatters.
Miss Amanda
gr 4-6 48 pgs

1948, US. 12 year old Sooky is best friends with Tassie. When Tassie "breaks out in sin all over her body", Sooky is determined to help. Tassie decides they must runaway to Florida so that she can get advice from her father.

Since the "sin" that Tassie has "broken out all over her body" with is her period, I'm not sure who I'd recommend this book to. Because it's so short and illustrated, it seems to be aimed at a younger audience. But the fact that the story talks about puberty
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Lucille Clifton was an American poet, writer, and educator from New York. Common topics in her poetry include the celebration of her African American heritage, and feminist themes, with particular emphasis on the female body.

She was the first person in her family to finish high school and attend college. She started Howard University on scholarship as a drama major but lost the scholarship two

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