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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 explosive events. Addie Ann knows Old Man Adams left his land to the white and black people to plant a garden and reap its bounty together, but the mayor denies it. On garden picking day, Addie Ann’s family is sorely tested. Through tragedy, she finds the voice to lead a civil rights march all her own, and maybe change the future for her people.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on June 10, 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0385734700
ISBN-13: 9780385734707
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  • katjune62
    katjune62Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm55 starsFeatured
    Addie Ann, a young black girl just starting the seventh grade, lives in the segregated discrimination of Kuckachoo, Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement, 1963. She lives in a small, cramped house with her brother, Elias, her mother, and her Uncle Bump in the Negro side of town. Her father has supposedly died of pneumonia before she was born, and it has been, "stay away from whites but do what they tell you" since. Now, after a heinous, misunderstood "crime", her brother has run off, and her uncle has been accused of vandalism.