Yankee Girl

Mary Ann Rodman

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Mississippi and integration in the 1960s

The year is 1964, and Alice Ann Moxley's FBI-agent father has been reassigned from Chicago to Jackson, Mississippi, to protect black people who are registering to vote. Alice finds herself thrust into the midst of the racial turmoil that dominates current events, especially when a Negro girl named Valerie Taylor joins her sixth-grade class -- the first of two black students at her new school because of a mandatory integration law. When Alice finds it difficult to penetrate the clique of girls at school she calls the Cheerleaders (they call her Yankee Girl), she figures Valerie, being the other outsider, will be easier to make friends with. But Valerie isn't looking for friends. Rather, Valerie silently endures harassment from the Cheerleaders, much worse than what Alice is put through. Soon Alice realizes the only way to befriend the girls is to seem like a co-conspirator in their plans to make Valerie miserable. It takes a horrible tragedy for her to realize the complete ramifications of following the crowd instead of her heart.

An unflinching story about racism and culture clash in the 1960s.

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Yankee Girl
1JACKSON DAILY JOURNAL, Tuesday, August 4, 1964FBI AGENTS FIND MISSING CIVIL RIGHTS WORKERS Bodies Found in Dirt Dam 
 
 
 
 
"Hey, kid. Look what I've got," shouted the mover from inside the van.I whipped around to see him walking my bike down the ramp. I rushed over and grabbed the handlebars. I would check later to see if the movers had scratched or dented or in any way damaged my precious bike, Blue Rover. Right now, it was my ticket away from Mama, who was in one of her moods on account of us moving to Mississippi.

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"[An] impressive debut...Whether or not readers are familiar with civil rights, they are likely to find this novel memorable because it so strikingly identifies the bravery, cruelty, and vulnerability of characters their own age." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly

"The honesty of Alice's narrative moves this beyond docu-novel...The real tension is whether Alice can move from being bystander to standing up for what she believes. Rodman shows how hard it is." -- Booklist

"Rich in detail and lively writing. An important addition to the field." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Written in clear language...the message is strong." -- VOYA
"Every once in a while, we read a book that changes the way we view the world and how we treat others. For some readers, Yankee Girl just might be that book." -- The Reading Teacher


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Mary Ann Rodman

Mary Ann Rodman lives in Alpharetta, Georgia. This is her first book, based on her own childhood experience.

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Yankee Girl
Mary Ann Rodman

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NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master List

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
December 2008
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ISBN: 9781466804326
ISBN10: 1466804327
Middle-Grade Fiction240 pages
Age Range: 9 to 11
Grade Range: 4 to 6
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December 2008
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ISBN: 9780312535766
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Lexile: 550LL
F&P Level A-Z: W
AR Quiz Number: 77122
AR Points: 6

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