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Abby Takes a Stand

(Scraps of Time #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Why has their grandmother bothered keeping a menu from a restaurant that closed years ago, a restaurant that never served very good food in the first place? Three cousins listen to Gee's own story, set in the early days of lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, a time when a black child could sit up front in a city bus but still could not get a milkshake at a downtown restaur ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published July 21st 2005 by The Viking Press, Inc.
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Lauran Ferguson
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ch-02-ncss
I actually enjoyed reading this book, it was a very refreshing story line about a 10 year old girl named Abby. The author does a great job of showcasing the 1960's so that a younger reader could picture exactly how things were back then. I believe that this book includes a lot of opportunities to learn about the 1960's and the civil rights movement. Although this book is fictional, it might be a good book to read during black history month to commemorate the actions of the nations African-Americ ...more
Samantha Rojas
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gee (Abby) retells a story about her past to her grandchildren. In 1960, Abby helped protest against segregation by passing out flyers. This book would be suitable for 3rd-5th grade readers. This book fits the genre historical fiction. You could use this book to connect to a history lesson. There is some violence and segregation in this book that may not be appropriate for all readers.
Michelle Vanek
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
In the American civil rights movement, Gee recalls the year 1960 when, as 10-year-old Abby, she is stunned to be turned away from the new restaurant, just because she is black.
Hamza Abdlrehman
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story begins in Gee's attic where Gee's grandma, Abby, recalls for her grandchildren what happened in 1960 in Nashville. Abby was a black girl living with her family, she was 10 years old , and she used to spend her time with her close friend Patsy. One day, Abby went to town with her mother, there she suffered for the first time from racism because of her color. After that incident, Abby gained an early awareness; she became aware that this world contains good and bad people, and she becam ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I read Abby Takes a Stand by Patricia C. McKissack.

Abby is a black girl during the Civil Rights Movement in 1960. She went to the Monkey Bar Grill at Harvey's but since she's black they kicked her out. Abby was scared and mad. While sit-ins were going on she and her friend Patsy snuck out to watch. It turned out to be scarier than she thought. Her uncle and his girlfriend got arrested. Then it started to rain. They had to rush back to the library. Will Abby be safe and overcome her fear?

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Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read Scraps of Time Abby Takes a Stand by Patricia C. McKissack

Abby lived in Nashville Tennessee -1960 and Abby and her family were blacks. And whites still did not appreciate blacks. Blacks were getting tired of seeing signs that say: WHITES ONLY! And one day someone gives Abby a flyer to a store, she goes and whites say bad things to her that makes her sad. So Abby's family started to do sit-ins, along with peaceful protests. But when Abby sees her cousin get hurt and arrested, she is spee
Lee Ann
Inspiring! This is a short and sweet introduction to the topic of sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement. Abby is a great protagonist, and I loved how she was able to help with the movement in small but mighty ways. Her mother was also fantastic. I also appreciated how it tackled the issue of defeatism in John's parents, who were so beaten down by years and years of racism that they didn't see the point in protesting. Reading the book as an adult (evaluating it for "maturity level" for some wo ...more
Apr 17, 2021 rated it liked it
This book narrates an important moment in history and for that I recommend it for either young or reluctant readers. One issues I had, as far as readability, was the time skip at the start. It happened unprompted and introduced many new characters, right after naming four other characters who we won't meet again until the end of the book. If you have readers who struggle with comprehension, this is something to prepare for an warn your readers of. Although the pace is slow, the story is compelli ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read Scraps of time Abby takes a stand 1960 by Patricia McKissack.

Abby was a child in the civil rights movement in 1950-1960 she gave out fliers to help blacks get equal rights. Abby's cousin John is the leader of the sit-ins in Nashville, Tennessee.She gets kicked out of the monkey bar grill but a person gave her a flier.

I loved this book because it gives specific details about the time period and you will too!!!

I recommend this book to people that is glad there is change like me and to h
Kristina Peterson Labadie
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book for younger readers that leads to discussions about the civil rights movements. The events described really help the reader feel like they are there with the Abby. I love the details included and especially how it is written with a younger audience in mind. I have used this book with 3rd grade literature circles and they loved it as well. It couples very well with news clips from the time period. Highly recommend!
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book because my 9 yr old was reading it for a school project. It was an excellent and educational story. I thought the reading was a little easy for a 4th grader, but enjoyable nonetheless.
This was a decent kid-friendly explanation of the troubling times in the 60s. The illustrations were interesting and provided some visuals for students who struggle imagining. The vocabulary was very simple.
Melanie Storie
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m reading this book with a group of children at my school and I think it is a great introduction to the Civil Rights Movement from a child’s perspective. This book focuses on the sit-ins in Nashville and the non-violent protest philosophy of the movement. Wonderful.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
My students really liked it. I thought it was written very well for elementary students. It had a very interesting story line that tied into the Civil Rights time.
Season Johnson
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this short book very much!
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
teaches you a lot about being honest and also about the time period of the civil rights movement.
Melanie Johnson
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
In 1960 Negroes were able to sit anywhere on the bus but they was not accepted in certain places. So one Abby was handed a flyer for a carousel ride and she could get on because of her skin color. She told her mother what happen and her mother told her cousin. He told her that there will be a meeting at First Baptist Church to plan a protest. At the meeting John had mention about a sit-in that happen in Greensboro, North Carolina at Woolworth's lunch counter and they should have one in Nashville ...more
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this to facilitate a Grade 3/4 book group at my daughter’s school. The book, Scraps of Time, 1960: Abby Takes a Stand by Patricia C. McKissack, is a quick, succinct read depicting, from a 10-year-old girl’s perspective, many important issues of the Civil Rights movement in Nashville. I assumed the exact characters were fictional, but the mention of Z. Alexander Looby on p. 82 was certainly too specific not to be true. It always interests me to learn more about important but not widely kno ...more
Alexis Collins
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As a reader, I was drawn to this short story because it was portrayed through the eyes of a young girl who learned what equality was through a harsh lesson. In the beginning, all Abbey wanted to do was ride the merry go round at the Monkey Bar, but when she was shunned it opened her eyes to what was happening in the real world. As with her Uncle John and his fiancé, Abbey was able to contribute her share of these protests by passing out flyers, as they sat in non-violent protests. Abbey was able ...more
Linda Lipko
Another in the Scraps of Time series written for young adults as an introduction to a history lesson. The time frame is 1928. Abby and her mother are free to visit the "colored stores", but they cannot sit at the luncheon counter of those stores. They must stand in the back, while the white people are given service.

The author tells a tale of Abby who frequently accompanied her mother to Harvey's store. When she tried to have service at the restaurant of the store that had a children-friendly the
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book while looking at my many books that were on my shelf. After reading this I fully enjoyed reading this and cannot wait to share it with my 3rd graders. This book is historical fiction and provides a child's account to what was happening in the 1960s. This book gives an outlook not only on the positive but the negative in a child friendly way. It also gives an outlook on how young children gave a hand in those times. I would recommend this for the elementary level and can b ...more
Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I grew up in Nashville and was 9 years old at the time of this story. I remember the time well because we couldn't go downtown to shop because of the sit-in's. It was considered too dangerous. This is a good account of the times for 3rd and 4th graders. My students will relate since we live only an hour from Nashville. The places are real, and I can be their primary source interview! At least from the point of view of the white child who didn't go downtown! ...more
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm a coach for my daughter's "Battle of the Books" program and have to read some of their books to form questions for them. This was an entertaining book with a good introduction to what life was like before and during the Civil Rights movement. The reading level is for a young child, and the ideas are good. ...more
Jaeri Ayarez
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
The story was nice. I like the way how black americans fight for their freedom and rights. It is in a peaceful way and still respecting the white ones. But it was the white ones who's making it worse which I don't really understand.

I was also expecting something from the monkey guy. I thought he's the one who would help the black ones. But I was wrong.

The story was short yet nice ^^
Eileen Lazala
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
gee is abby when she was yonger. that is a brain twister.the best thing about abby was that she is starting to take a stand about in CHAPTER 4 or 3.Abby was bieng trieterd like moldy old garbage jest becase of her skin color.

i like this book beacuse it shows no body should be jugde jest becuse ther diffrent they should be teated because of the isides not outsides and thats my conclusion
McKissack does a good job describing the world of the 1960's in terms children can read and understand. They tend to have a strong sense of right and wrong. I'll be interested to see how many of my students read and enjoy this book. ...more
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I picked the perfect week to read this one. A great bit of history of the civil rights movement. McKissack treats her young narrator with a lot of respect and gets in a lot of learning and details--along with a lot of emotion.
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Isabel read this and brought it into my room pretty late and said; "Mom you have to read this book...tonight." Well, it took me some daytime hours to do it but it was a good historical fiction account of the civil rights movement from a young girl's perspective. ...more
Mouse Denehy
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ch-02-ncss
I enjoyed this chapter book. The reading level is low enough to not present a challenge so that the concepts being presented have the opportunity to become a proper learning point for younger readers. This book is good for a supplement piece on the civil right movements for a younger audience.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent example of historical fiction for children, this book explores the Nashville sit-ins during the Civil RIghts Movement. I highly recommend the series, Scraps of Time. The reading level is approximately 3rd to 4th grade.
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Patricia C. McKissack was the Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of The Dark-Thirty and Porch Lies an ALA Notable Book. She collaborated with Jerry Pinkney on Goin' Someplace Special (Coretta Scott King Award winner) and Mirandy and Brother Wind (Coretta Scott King Award winner and Caldecott Honor Book). ...more

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