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ABBY TAKES A STAND by Patricia C. McKissack

ABBY TAKES A STAND

Scraps of Time

By Patricia C. McKissack (Author) , Gordon C. James (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-670-06011-9
Publisher: Viking

Maggie Rae and her cousins visit their grandmother’s attic to find scraps of time, remembrances from her family’s past. A menu from a Nashville restaurant provides the link to 1960 with its lunch-counter sit-ins and store boycotts. Grandmother (Abby) was ten years old that year and very much a part of those events. She experienced the ugliness of segregation, attended meetings, passed out flyers, provided food for the participants and witnessed both defeats and victories. Abby is an engaging character whose sharp observations provide emotional connections and a sense of time and place. McKissack also carefully sets the stage by using the attic device, gently moving the reader from present to past and back again. By personalizing events, historical fiction can bring the past alive for children, whose concept of time is unformed. McKissack succeeds admirably. An excellent introduction to a promising new series. (Historical fiction. 8-12)