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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  186 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
"Darby's first-person narrative is frank and immediate . . . expressing what it's like for an ordinary white kid who suddenly discovers evil — and courage — where she lives." — BOOKLIST

A Book Sense 76 Top Ten Pick

A National Council for the Social Studies Notable Trade Book for Young People

An International Reading Association Notable Book

"The root of this work stems from a
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 12th 2006 by Candlewick Press (first published 2002)
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Tenille Shade
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it
I purchased this book over a year ago while I was taking an online graduate course on multicultural literature. Unfortunately, I never got around to reading it until my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Barnes, sent it to me in the mail for my birthday.

Darby's story of growing up in Marlboro, South Carolina during the 1920's was heartfelt and sincere. It took me a while to get into the story, but after a few chapters I was hooked. Jonathon Fuqua's use of colloquialisms and local vernacular made me feel li
Alveera EVHS Khan
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Darby was extremely eye opening because it shows discrimination from an innocent child's eyes. I always think of racism as a horrible thing and wonder how white people in the early 1900s could have been so cruel to the African American workers. Now I realize why nobody took a stand. You can see Darby always assumed that discrimination is just the way it is because none of the African American people complained and nobody really questioned its existence. It was completely normal to her because sh ...more
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
The book wasn't worth reading in my opinion
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theme, historical
In 1928 NC, Darby discovers writing about racial equality can really cause trouble
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was confusing but good
Author Fugua bases this book on oral history interviews of folks living in Marlboro County, South Carolina. It is 1926 and Darby lives with an extended family on a large plantation now farmed by black tenant farmers. Her father runs a store in town where he allows people to sign for supplies for which they cannot pay. Although Darby lives in a majestic, large home, the paint is peeling on the outside and everyone in the family works to make ends meet. Darby has two best friends: schoolmate Beth ...more
Dec 31, 2016 added it
Shelves: books-i-own
Elijah Mae Pelayo
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I expected this book to be a bit more something because of it's catchy tagline and nice preview. Apparently, I got disappointed. The book was a nice read and my time wasn't wasted but it's not the type of book I'd recommend to my friends. Anyway, here's one of the few parts I liked in the book:

"Thing is, I don't care if I ever gets married. It don't matter to me so much."
"You don't want kids?" Beth asked.
Evette shrugged. "Not so much."
"Why not?"
Evette stuck a finger through a big hole in her dre
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This book was described to me as "To Kill a Mockingbird," for younger readers. It does a great job of introducing readers to the injustices of racial prejudice, but ends on a much lighter note than the previously mentioned classic. In addition, the author makes a special note that he has chosen to leave out historical (and now considered perjorative) terms in a conscous effort to deter derogatory language for younger readers.

Taking place in South Ca
Amy Carr
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What an unexpected book! One of you out there in Good Reads land posted this on your "to-read" list and I added to mine and had the chance to read it this week. It is a beautiful story! I loved it. This is a book that I wish I had when I was teaching US history in 5th grade. It does an eloquent job of describing some of the attitudes and challenges facing many rural communities in the early 1900's as they dealt with issues of race and discrimination. But most of all, it demonstrates the power fo ...more
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a phenomenal book about a young girl, circa 1920's South Carolina. She begins to write newspaper articles at the idea of her young black friend. Her articles go from simple to controversial quickly, without her understanding why. Darby, her family and friends all have a new outlook on life when the KKK makes themselves known to the community, through cowardly actions not conversation. A part of US history that I think is overlooked by many teachers until our children are too old. Could e ...more
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: A Gentle Read for 9-12 Year Olds
A better rating would be 3.5 stars but that's not an option so there we are. I appreciated the authenticity of Darby's voice. That isn't something you always get from and adult male author. I also liked how the issue of racism was addressed. Because it was told through a 9 year olds voice, there wasn't a real heavy handed or self-righteous message.
This book lost half a star because I didn't find it to be particularly gripping. It would be a good addition to a booklist for a fourth or fifth grade
Oct 08, 2010 is currently reading it
in my book this girl named darby lives on a farm and is friends with a black girl. but someitmes her parents and other people think its strange. well then this boy dies from being beaten she is scared because she thinks that her nieghbor did it. one night when she is driving home with her dad a man stops them and she listens to them talking. she hears them tlaking about the klu klux klan and she gets really scared. but the next day is her birthday and she isnt worried so much anymore.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
Why yes, my name IS the title of this book. My grandma picked it up for me thinking it'd be cute for me because of my name being the title and all. I just let it sit on my shelf forever because I wasn't interested. I did finally read it and felt like kicking myself for ignoring this lovely book for so long. A nice, quick, easy read, and I felt like her enthusiasm for writing was just too adorable for words.
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pleasure-read
This is a great read. I found myself not wanting to put the book down...even though it is a children's book. I agree with you, Tenille, this would be a great book to compare/contrast to Ruby Bridges. Darby had such a sweet and innocent spirit about her. I loved the way the newspaper editor took a chance by running her article in the paper. He knew it would stir up controversy, but he did it anyway.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, it was a sort of To Kill a Mockingbird for children. I loved Darby's voice, the author really created great voices for each of the characters. It was beautiful in it's simplicity; a 9 year old girl experiences the effects of writing innocently about civil rights in her town newspaper in the 1920's south.
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All people young and old alike.
Shelves: young-adult
Once again, if we pay attention we can learn a lot from kids.
This was a great YA book. Darby is a fictional character based on a series of oral history interviews conducted in Marlboro County, South Carolina. The year of the story took place in 1926. It asked the often asked question "Why can't we all just be nice to each other?" I especially loved the dialogue between the children.
Jan 18, 2016 added it
It was a really nice book and had a lot of good lessons and Darby was very brave to step up and say this is not right. I really enjoyed the parts where she would just break the rules and play with Evette, I also really love that this is not happening today and it's because people did stuff like Darby to make a change.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
It felt quite juvenile to me, and I know that might not be a fair argument considering it was likely written for a younger audience...but I felt like the book's plot was a huge run-on sentence. I didn't feel an attachment to the characters, and it felt like I was listening to a seven-year-old's summer vacation essay. Didn't enjoy the experience.
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who loved To Kill A Mockingbird should read Darby! Readers will fall in love with the nine year old that writes articles for the small town newspaper in 1926. When Darby sees injustice and writes about it one instantly sees that not all people seek the truth.
Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a young adult book that takes place in the mid eighteen hundreds in the south on a plantation. A beautiful story of two girls who see beyond the color of their skin to form a lasting friendship.
Jun 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Fiction perfect for ages 6+. I had a great time reading this to my kids. It brought up great topics for discussion (racism, gender roles), but was told in a really compelling, fun way. I especially loved that the 9 year old main character sounded just a like a 9 year old.
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! No it is not because my name is Darby( though that's why I read the book). I loved how it showed how Darby really stood up for her friend. It was an awesome historical fiction book.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was really wonderful. I loved the story and how it was written. It takes a sensitive subject and puts it into perspective through an enlightened child. Very heartwarming.

Sep 11, 2010 rated it liked it
it is a cute book i recomend to someone in 3 or 4 grade
Kate Hastings
GR 4-8. RL 790. Darby writes articles for her town's newspaper and brings controversy as she works with her best friend, an African-American.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a great book. This is one I think everyone should read. It's about equality through the eyes of a child. I loved it!
This is like a milder and more child-friendly version of To Kill a Mockingbird. It's good, but I'd rather read Harper Lee's book.
Pamela  Anderson
This was a very well written young adult/children's book. Again, it was all about standing up for the right thing. I read this shortly after the Help.
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Jonathon Scott Fuqua has written the highly praised and Alex Award-winning novel, The Reappearance of Sam Webber, as well as the critically acclaimed and recently published book, Gone and Back Again.

He is also the author of three much lauded, award-winning young adult novels: King of the Pygmies, DARBY, and The Willoughby Spit Wonder.

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