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Remember As You Pass Me By by L. King Pérez
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Jul 25, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: juvenilefiction, slj-reviews, j-ya-historical-fiction

Gr 5–8—In this story narrated in the protagonist's Texas drawl, readers will see the effects of a trying time in history through the eyes of a sympathetic white girl. When Silvy Lane, 12, goes to the post office, her friend Mabelee, who is black, waits outside. Silvy begins to question such practices when she is not allowed to invite her friend to her birthday party. At the same time, the girls' community goes through difficult changes leading up to and immediately following the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. As Silvy sees less and less of Mabelee, she starts to pal around with eccentric and crass Allie Rae. The two girls and another classmate strive for fun and a bit of normalcy as community tempers flair when a northern black man comes to help improve the still-segregated school for Hughes Springs blacks. The racial tension, which increases gradually from the very first page and culminates with a fiery disaster, coupled with serious financial concerns, force Silvy's family to consider leaving Texas. Pairing this story with Patricia McKissack's A Friendship for Today (Scholastic, 2007) could prompt an interesting discussion of this period. Despite occasional abrupt transitions from chapter to chapter, the story flows chronologically with enough drama to keep readers turning the pages.—Bethany A. Lafferty, Las Vegas-Clark County Library, NV
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