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Jericho Walls

Kristi Colllier

Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks

A beautifully written story about the power of friendship in the face of racism

Jo Clawson isn't the boy her father wanted, and she's not the young "lady" her neighbors expect of the preacher's daughter, either. But even though Jo doesn't always meet the expectations of the people around her, she still longs to fit in. When she and her family leave their northern home for the small southern town of Jericho, Alabama, Jo might finally stop picking fights and settle in right.
But when Jo befriends a young black boy, she discovers that "fitting in" is about a lot more than proper manners or a new outfit. Suddenly she's faced with a new set of questions that call up her own values. Maybe some fights are worth picking after all. Set in 1957, at the dawn of the civil rights movement, this riveting novel tells the inspiring story of a young girl growing up amidst racism.

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  chapter oneDaddy said we were moving because he was the last of an old Carolina family, and it was time he went home. Mama said it was because Daddy was tired after running the Gambling Interests out of Cutter County. I knew it was on account of me busting the nose of Jeremy Williamson Harris the Third.The moment my fist hit his face, I guessed I was bound for trouble. Jeremy was the son of the richest man in Harrisburg, Indiana, the man who donated the new pipe organ to the church. I was the preacher’s daughter.Jeremy deserved to get hit, no doubt. He was a mean, worthless bully.
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  • Kristi Colllier

  • Kristi Collier is the author of Throwing Stones. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Jericho Walls

Kristi Colllier

IRA Children's and Young Adults Book Award
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