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The Education of Mary: A Little Miss of Color: 1832

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In 1832, Prudence Crandall begins admitting black girls to her exclusive Connecticut school, scandalizing white society and eventually causing her arrest and the closing of her school.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 30th 2000 by Jump At The Sun (first published September 1st 2000)
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Sep 12, 2008 rated it liked it
I liked this book most of the way through. It kind of did a funny thing at the end when both of the main characters sort of had changes of heart and everything just sort of died.

But becuase it is based on history I wouldn't be suprised if thats the way things really happened.

It was fun to listen to.
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The story takes place in 1832 in Connecticut and is an excellent exploration of just how prejudice whites were against blacks even in the North prior to the Civil War.

In this story Mary, 13, who is Black, is working at an all-girl's school. Only white girls are in the school at the time, so one of the two heads of the school tutors her while she does maid-type work around the place. Later her sister is admitted and, before long, the school is changed by those running it from an all-white school
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A Ann Rinaldi is at her best when she writes about characters from the "middling" sort. Characters who are privy to history from the sidelines. In the novel, Mary is a mixed raced girl in who is a student at one of the first schools for girls of color in Connecticut. I once read that history is suppose to be somewhat strange to present day readers. It's a world who's ideas and beliefs have long since been overruled as outdated and at times draconian. As such, Rinaldi has skillfully recreated the ...more
Sep 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Author's note: "Were they all modest, retiring, submissive, uncomplaining, long-suffering, and sacrificing? I found that difficult to believe." Um. Yeah. She did. And the book sounds kinda crazy as a result, with the narrator, Mary, sounding almost as prissy as the people she despises.

Also, she refers to the "Quaker thee and thou," but does not ever seem to use "thou," and after a while it gets really annoying: p. 82: " 'Are thee ready, Mary?' " p. 83: " 'Thee is a Quaker, then?' " This was surp
Debora Yao
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it
the book was very intersting, it showed that colored girls could learn and go to school as white girls.
It also showed that in old days, it was very hard for colored girls to learn. The part i liked the most is that Miss Crandall changed the school into a school for colored girls, she had alot of problemes but she never gave up, she did all her best to accomplish everything. The setting was in so many places but it took place mostly at the school where Mary and her sister go to, in Mary's house a
Mar 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young girls
This book is a story about a young girl and her education. She starts out as a maid at a school for white girls. The head of the school teaches Mary in private. They both become very close through out the book. The head of the school decides to open the school up for african amercian girls. This enrages the whole town. They violently protest. This story shows how mary grows into a lady throughout the story. This boook was excelent.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I listened to the audio book when driving home from Colorado. The author, Ann Rinaldi, takes true historical facts and adds a story to it. It is a YA book about a black girl in 1832. A "colored school is opened for girls". It was good!
Beth Dailey Kenneth
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great book that uses fiction to teach young readers about slavery, abolitionists, the Underground Railroad. Mary must make hard choices in her life but what a difference they make! This one is a quick must read!
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I learned about what happened to Mary and Sarah at Ms. Crandall's school. Educational for girls is a good thing. It's a shame when people fight against it.
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2009
An okay read, but not one of Rinaldi's best -- more at a href="
Kelsey Christensen
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is an okay book about a woman that opens a school for "little misses of color," and the big fuss it causes in the era of the Underground Railroad.
Shane Fritz
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
It gives a good overview of differing viewpoints about people of color. While telling a carefully researched story about an actual school in Connecticut, the author has filled in with her imagination the dialogues and personalities of many of the characters.How sad that some of the same prejudice still exists today.
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Ann Rinaldi (b. August 27, 1934, in New York City) is a young adult fiction author. She is best known for her historical fiction, including In My Father's House, The Last Silk Dress, An Acquaintance with Darkness, A Break with Charity, and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons. She has written a total of forty novels, eight of which were listed as notable by the ALA. In 2000, Wolf by the Ears was lis ...more