A THOUSAND NEVER EVERS by Shana Burg

A THOUSAND NEVER EVERS

Age Range: 9 - 12
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Until now—1963—in Kuckachoo, Miss., Addie Ann Pickett never thought much about how unfair things are. She just figured that’s the way life is, and she couldn’t do anything about it. But she’s becoming more aware of the outside world: Medgar Evers has been shot, four young girls were killed in Birmingham and now her older brother is missing, a possible victim of racist violence. Addie Ann has to grow up quickly, use her head and learn to take a stand for what’s right. Burg offers a sensitive portrait of a young girl and her family, never letting the larger history of the civil-rights movement overwhelm the particulars of this one place in time. The threat of violence is palpable, and the relationships among the residents of Kuckachoo—white and black—are realistically drawn, dramatizing both the legacy of racism and the hope of community. Addie Ann’s story will help young readers realize that “You’re never too young to speak up for justice and lead by your own example.” (author’s note, afterword, chronology) (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: June 10th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-385-73470-7
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Delacorte
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2008




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