Monday, July 6, 2009

A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg

Burg, Shana A Thousand Never Evers! 320pgs. Delacorte Books for Young Readers Language~PG, Sexual Content~G; Violence~PG

“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 . . . Through tragedy, Addie Ann finds the voice to lead a civil rights march all her own, and maybe change the future for her people.” Excerpt from Hardcover.

While this novel discusses an important part of our history, Burg’s writing does not pull the reader in. I would purchase The Watsons go to Burmingham, 1963 or Mississippi Trial 1955 to fill the gap for this historical period.

MS/HS - NO Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library

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