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Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts
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Jul 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: animals, coming-of-age, friendship, family, historical-fiction

Kizzy is an African American girl in 1963 who will be attending an integrated white school in the Fall. Her previous teacher, Mrs. Warren, insists each of her students write a letter to the new teacher, Miss Anderson. Kizzy begins writing in July, and when Miss Anderson writes back, she continues to write to her. When school starts in September, Kizzy and the other students in the class receive journals from Miss Anderson. Kizzy continues to write to her teacher in the journal, handing it in occasionally. Miss A. writes comments back. Kizzy is a strong character experiencing the changes during the Civil Rights movement. Kizzy has her beloved dog, Shag, who is her heart and soul. She also has a brother, James, who is not adjusting the new school and may make some poor choices. Kizzy runs into trouble because she is stubborn and outspoken, but eventually learns that she has friends, both black and white, and that she can make a difference in her world. Her dog, Shag, plays a large role in the story, not only as her best friend, but as a way to bring her closer to Frank Charles, the boy who caused the crescent moon scar on her face. At times, difficult to read, especially when she is treated so poorly by white people who believed they had the authority to whip her, but also rewarding because Kizzy is so strong.

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