Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Wonder of Charlie Anne by Kimberly Newton Fusco

"Go do this, the new mama tells me, and I do it, just because."

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Summary: In a 1930s Massachusetts farm town torn by the Depression, racial tension, and other hardships, Charlie Anne and her black next-door neighbor Phoebe form a friendship that begins to transform their community.

Publisher: Random House; 264 pages

1 comment:

tessyohnka said...

I thoroughly enjoyed Charlie Anne -- I loved her perceived ability to communicate with her dead mother, the cows, the chickens and even the chalk board at school -- that wonderful sense that the whole world, animate and inanimate, communicates with us if we listen.
My mind sort of fought with the notion of how much laundry was being referenced when the family had so little in the way of clothing and so many of the kids slept together in the same sheets, but that's probably my warp.
I think it might be a contender for the Newbery, but regardless of its medal potential, it is a very good read with a message for all of us.