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A Thousand Never Evers

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  613 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
IN KUCKACHOO, MISSISSIPPI, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett worships her brother Elias and follows in his footsteps by attending the black junior high school. But when her careless act leads to her brother’s disappearance and possible murder, Addie Ann, Mama, and Uncle Bump struggle with not knowing if he’s dead or alive. Then a good deed meant to unite Kuckachoo sets off a chain o ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2008)
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Denise
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A slice of Southern life during the Civil Rights era, told from the perspective of little Addie Ann Pickett, who is 12 years old. She lives in Kuckachoo, Mississippi in 1963. Addie Ann is a strong character who tells us about her Mama, Uncle Bump, Flapjack, her cat and her brother Elias. Small moments of happiness and triumph, mixed with lots of worry, unfairness, prejudice, and fear are expressed in Addie's words. As Addie's understanding of segregation and her determination to come out on top
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Bobby Simic
By-the-book and somewhat lifeless tale of racism in the 1960s South (it owes a lot to "To Kill a Mockingbird," if you ask me). The overstuffed story lurches and never properly builds. It tries too hard to incorporate bits of history with the (too) many instances of racism that Addie Ann's family goes through, and, therefore, lacks momentum. This is on our Mock Newbery list. It shouldn't be honored. Not bad, and its heart is in the right place, but not a stand-out.
Denise Johnson
Sep 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to "A Thousand Never Evers" as an audiobook. The narrator was excellent and brought the emotion of the main character, Addie Ann Picket, and of the time to the forefront. The book references many historical events that play a role in the roller coaster ride of events that lead to a satisfying ending.
Jen
Sep 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
A Thousand Never Evers is the story of Addie, growing up in rural Kuckachoo, Mississippi in 1963. Admidst the backdrop of some of the most memorable events in the early Civil Rights movement, Maddie and her family deal with racism on a small town level.

This novel opens with a "Note to the Readers" written by the author, Shana Burg. She writes about the prejudice she experienced as a young girl - a boy drawing a swastika on her notebook in 7th grade, and then goes on to relate her feelings about
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Sarah Scott
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I definitely recommend this book to everyone! The writing is not too complex or challenging to follow, but the message comes across well! The main character in this story really explains the life of African American citizens during the time period of the major civil rights movement with Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers. It shows how the white, upper class citizens felt entitled to all things and the " colored" were only there to be servants to them. If you are a reader who really enjoys t ...more
Gustafson96
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Thousand Never Evers
Shana Burg

In Kuckachoo Mississippi, 1963 was a time of racial prejudice. Addie Ann Pickett, a twelve-year-old girl, tries to live a normal life and ignore the slurs that white folk give her. When some older white boys harass her, Addie's brother starts a fight and then flees. He is gone for months and Addie's family doesn't know if he is alive. Later that summer, Addie's uncle is accused of an incident at the white folks' garden and it's up to Addie to save him.
One of the
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Gayle Swift
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's one thing to read about prejudice and injustice and totally different to experience it personally. A Thousand Never Evers introduces young readers to these painful realities through the eyes of twelve-year-old Addie Ann.
Shana Burg manages to conjure the context of race issues in 1963 Mississippi with richness and intensity and has created characters that thrum with emotion--love, jealousy,anger, grief, sadness, terror and courage. The reader feels the interconnectedness of the black and
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Nadia Lotfy
To be honest, I didn't like this book that much. This book is about a girl named Addie Ann Pickett and she is a black girl. One day she loses her brother because he hurt a white boy trying to protect her. Ever since then he is hiding and Addie's family doesn't know where he is, and if he is even alive. I don't like this book because it is sort of like history and that is not my type of book, I am more of a fantasy and dystopian sort of book person. I recommend this book to people who like to rea ...more
Jocelyn Aguilar
I did not like this book but it would be great if people that love like sad or touching books. And that like reading about segregation and stories about how things would be if you were black or white. this book was about a girl named Addie ann and she had to keep some secret from all the people that lived around. And her parents and everyone around her would tell her to tell rich people what they want to hear and she would wonder why.
Ashley Guzman
Apr 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A Thousand Never Evers was about the old days when segregation was still in the law. Addie is a girl who used to work with his Uncle in a house with a kind man. The book made me feel lots of feelings at the same time. I recommend this book to people that are interested in this book I think the book was ok.
Kimberly Marksberry
Geared toward a young audience but I found it immersive, captivating, and didn't want to turn it off (audio book). Found myself becoming truly angry at the injustices and wanting to do something about them. I think it would have the same effect on a child reader and would be a great way to engage them in learning about the civil rights movement.
Sarah
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. My 11 year old daughter read it and loved it, so I wanted to read it too. Deals with the realities of Jim Crow laws in the south. It really put life into what those laws actually meant to African Americans, and the lack of freedom they experienced. Lots of talking points for us to discuss. Highly recommend.
Carol Baldwin
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this middle grade book about a young girl coming of age in Mississippi in the civil rights era. Well written and thought provoking; a good supplemental book for upper elementary and middle school students studying the time period. I particularly liked how Shana Burg portrayed a convincing young heroine who works for what she believes and is an instrument of change in the community.
Edward Ledesma
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was actually kind of neat, it had good writing in it to explain what's going on.This book had really good on telling my how the main character is thinking or feeling. I would give this book kind of an action or adventure.This book is about a girl who is about to go to seventh grade but makes a terrible mistake and know she has to fix it.
Lisa
Dec 08, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read some great reviews of this book, but I don't think it lived up to them. I loved Addie Ann and her family and I think young readers will appreciate the ending, but I don't think this one will stand the test of time like Roll of Thunder has.
Heidi Busch
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I think this is a good book for older children to get an idea of what life was like for young African American children in the 1960's. The author's notes at the beginning and end of the book were interesting as well.

Samantha Peters
I didn't even finish it it was that boring and those no me knows that I love to read
Aparna
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like how this book described the times of integration. I actually had to read this book in school for an assignment. Frankly, I kind if dozed of in the middle of this book.
Elena
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't finished this book, in fact I only heard a few minutes but right away I was interested.
Sheri
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A weak 2.5. Not as well-written as some other YA books. Wish the voice of Addie was more consistent.
Parker
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To celebrate Martin Luther King Day, I have a review for you: A Thousand Never Evers. This book takes place during the Civil Rights Movement, so I thought it was appropriate to post it today.

A Thousand Never Evers takes place in Kuckachoo, Mississippi. Seventh grader Addie Ann Picket lives there, along with her older brother Elias, Mama, and Uncle Bump. They all go to a meeting every week at their church about their rights as “colored” people.

The family works for a kind, rich, white man called
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Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This novel told in present tense is emotional and powerful.

I like the Notes to Readers before, rather then after, the story. It sets the stage and does not pretend to be true but it presents enough historical connection to the story. The author is very good with language and very appropriate figure of speech for Addie Ann.

The one thing that I don't quite get is why Addie has to have the issue with ""quivering lower lip"" -- and on page 251 when there is serious danger, she does not mention qui
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Donna
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's my experience that most teens and young people know little to nothing of the days of Jim Crow in this country and the horrible situations that led to the civil rights era. This book fills some of that gap.

The narrator's voice is decidedly female so boys aren't likely to stick with the book. There's much for a male reader though in the roles that black and white men of the South had in those times - whether they liked them or not...

I wish every young person could read this book and that man
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Karen Ball
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Supreme Court passed a law that violates our state's right to educate the children of Mississippi as we see fit... Fortunately, I'm in charge of the schools in Kuckachoo, so I'm just not gonna follow that law. Integration here? That ain't nothin' but a thousand never evers!"
This is a story of the Civil Rights Movement in the South, told through the eyes of Addie Ann Pickett. Addie Ann learns of the murder of Medgar Evers from her beloved older brother Elias, and shortly after that, he knock
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Lindsey
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much in the tone of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird or John Grisham’s A Time To Kill, this exposé of the climate of the South in 1963 reveals the social and racial tension 100 years after slavery had been banned. The mentality of the African American community is still too often that of passive-aggressive servitude, and taking that final step to bridging the gap proves to be more of a mountain than it should be. The White community is often both cruel and two-faced when it comes to their ...more
Kate Hastings
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 4-8 civil rights african-americans
A painfully beautiful story of a 12 year-old African-American girl coming of age in a small Mississippi town in 1963.

Addie Ann Pickett lives a good life. They live in a snug home with dirt that peeps through the floor boards. Her daddy died before she was born, her brother works taking in the harvest and she and her Mama work taking care of rich white folks in their homes. She and her brother attend school, walking past white schools three miles to get junior high. But her whole life changes whe
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Isabella G
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
April 25 2016
A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg
I just recently finished reading this book. It is a very emotional, compelling novel. I felt like I was right in Kuckachoo with Addie Ann Pickett, and could sense her struggles. This book is set in the 1960s when segregation was still around and people were trying to “desegregate”. There is a big problem when Addie’s brother goes missing, and then her uncle goes to court for something he didn’t do. Addie and her mother have to try to juggle makin
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george
It's 1963 and Addie is twelve in Kuckachoo, Mississippi. Living with her mother, older brother, and uncle, Addie's life is starting to change. The Civil Rights Movement is starting to happen all around them in response to the horrific activities performed on blacks in the South. Addie is soon smack in the middle of it when her brother disappears after "attacking" a white boy. And soon her uncle is accused of a crime against the town. Addie doesn't know it yet, but it may be all up to her to save ...more
Allison
May 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Burg, Shana A Thousand Never Evers! 320pgs. Delacorte Books for Young Readers Language~PG, Sexual Content~G; Violence~PG-13

“IN KUCKACHOO, MISSISSIPPI, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett worships her brother Elias and follows in his footsteps by attending the black junior high school. But when her careless act leads to her brother’s disappearance and possible murder, Addie Ann, Mama, and Uncle Bump struggle with not knowing if he’s dead or alive. Then a good deed meant to unite Kuckachoo sets off a chain of
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Ms. Braem
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sky Holt

I think this book has done a great job at developing the characters in this book. It shows great detail and is a major page turner. The plot its self was very different. It shows a lot from the past. It wasn't a real attention grabber until I got more into the book. It was a little bland at first but it gets better. This author uses big words that would make you have the desire to read on. She uses words that we usually don't and wouldn't say today. My reactions to this book was a littl
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