Saturday, July 5, 2008

A Thousand Never Evers

A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg
By the time Addie Ann Pickett, the narrator, enters junior high, she is well aware of the racial divisions in her county. She has been warned not to stay on the white side of town after the sun has set and not to "look at white folks too close." But her older brother and the local minister have different ideas and argue that "there comes a time when a man's dignity's worth more than his life." Caught between her mother's rule to stay away from trouble and the call to take action, Addie must make decisions, especially when the lives of two family members are at stake.

2 comments:

Alisa said...

...an inspirational and beautifully written story about a young girl's changing perspective as she lives through the oppression of segregation and racism so pervasive in the South in 1963. This story not only depicts the injustice that Addie Ann and her family faced, but it also gives hope and inspiration as it describes the bravery and strength of individuals to change the world during the Civil Rights Movement. This book is truly important with wonderfully developed characters and a compelling story line. It provides tremendous historic insight and reminds readers why it is so very important to stand up for what is right.

La-la said...

Another great book I couldn't put down until I was done.
It is hard to imagine the way things were in 1963 and how people were treated.. is it better now? I hope so.
There were a lot of wrongs in the book but there was also courage and determination, standing together as a community and as a people.. bravery, family.. I give this one 4 1/2 *'s