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A Thousand Never Evers

A Thousand Never Evers

Spring 2008 Fiction
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Shana Burg
ISBN: 978-0-385-90468-1
Hardcover Price: $18.99
In the summer of 1963, in Kuckachoo Mississippi, Addie Ann Pickett is helping her mother serve food at Mrs. Tate's party. "The mayor takes a gingersnap off the serving plate. 'Fortunately, I'm in charge of the schools in Kuckachoo, so I'm not gonna follow that law. Integration here?' The mayor takes a bite. ' That ain't nothing but a thousand never evers!' "

Addie Ann lives with her mother, Uncle Bump, and brother, Elias, whom she greatly admires. When Elias knocks out a bully in order to save Addie Ann's cat, he must run for his life. He disappears into the bayou, and his family is left wondering whether he's dead or alive.

Told in the first person through the eyes of a perceptive African-American girl living in the deep south during a period of racial tension and social upheaval, this first novel is a gripping page-turner. Without being didactic, the author teaches what it was like to be poor and live under the injustices of segregation.

Kemie Nix   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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