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The Colored Car

(Great Lakes Books Series)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In The Colored Car, Jean Alicia Elster, author of the award-winning Who's Jim Hines?, follows another member of the Ford family coming of age in Depression-era Detroit. In the hot summer of 1937, twelve-year-old Patsy takes care of her three younger sisters and helps her mother put up fresh fruits and vegetables in the family's summer kitchen, adjacent to the wood yard tha ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 13th 2013 by Wayne State University Press
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Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it

Jean Alicia Elster's "The Colored Car" is based on her own grandmother's experiences growing up in Detroit and traveling from Detroit to Tennessee in 1922. Ms Elster garnered stories and recipes from her grandmother.

The Ford family lives in Detroit where Douglas runs a saw mill and his wife May uses her home economics education to put up food, sew clothes, and run the household. Several family recipes are included in the text. They live in a working class neighborhood of immigrants. May grew up
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Colored Car is an emotional and compelling look at how the joys of daily life and the legacy of slavery affected children of the 1930s. We are in Patsy's kitchen when she helps with daily chores in the 1930s, we're in her train car to witness her horror and indignation at segregation, and we are in her heart when she works at letting go of the anger.
This story stayed with me long after I read the manuscript.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this. The target audience is older elementary school kids, but I think all ages would enjoy it. The author is coming to speak at the Roseville Library (where I work) on the 16th, and I'm really looking forward to it.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting read about the differences in the northern and southern states during segregation.
Nancy Robertson
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A 2014 Michigan Notable Books. So nicely written for older children with no talking down to them and with real expression of reality. Lovely.
Anne Harm
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good book! I really appreciated the opportunity to see what it was like for the author's relative, and others.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Good read for Black History month. Written by a local author and takes place in Detroit.
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
A middle-reader oriented story, this one asks readers to confront shame, prejudice, and hatred and figure out how to endure and thrive.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
A children's book. Good for an eight year old. This book was selected by the book Club I am a member of. Seriously, we have to get better selections.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good book for 5th or 6th grade.
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A 2017 Kresge Artist Fellow in Literary Arts and a former attorney, Jean Alicia Elster (BA, University of Michigan; JD, University of Detroit School of Law) is the author of the novel The Colored Car—for ages 8 and older—published by Wayne State University Press and released in September 2013. The Colored Car was selected as a 2014 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. Elster was award ...more

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