Friday, May 12, 2017

Calico Girl by Jerdine Nolan - ADVISABLE

Nolen, Jerdine Calico Girl.  192 pages.  Paula Wiseman (Simon & Schuster), 2017.  $16.99.  Content: Language: G (0 swears) Mature Content: PG  Violence: G.

It is 1861 and twelve-year-old Callie lives with her family on a plantation in Virginia.  Her father, Hampton is a free man, but he stays on the plantation with the rest of his family who are not.  Although the Civil War has begun, Virginia ratifies their vote to secede from the Union and no longer adheres to the laws of the United States.  Callie and her family leave the plantation and journey to Fort Monroe, which has become a refuge for slaves.  It is here where Callie gets to attend school for the first time and she and her family experience true freedom.  

The book begins with a timeline of slavery in the United States which gives a historical background for the story.  While I enjoy the book being told from the perspective of an enslaved child, I found it to be a slow read.  While middle schoolers may not voluntarily take this book out for their personal reading, it is a good resource to have for students studying slavery and the Civil War.

MS – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer:  Nancy W.

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