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Jericho Walls

Jericho Walls

Kristi Collier

Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks



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Set in 1957, Jericho Walls is an unforgettable and inspiring novel about the power of friendship for a young girl growing up amid racism.

"I woke early that first Sunday in Jericho. The sun was barely a stain in the sky, but the air was hot and clammy. My nightgown stuck to my skin. I padded to the bathroom and splashed my face with cold water. My stomach clenched in a queasy ball . . . I'd keep myself out of trouble in Jericho, I promised myself. I'd do all the right things and make lots of good friends and no one would care a whit about my being a preacher's daughter."

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 smart 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.

IRA Children's and Young Adults Book Award


chapter one

Daddy 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....


Praise for Jericho Walls

“As with the best historical fiction, this breathes life into an important era in US history. . . [A] promising debut.” —Kirkus

“[A] convincing portrait of the kinds of local and personal battles that eventually culminated in the larger fights for civil rights.” —The Bulletin

“Jo's rejection of the weight of racism, rather than the initial fact of it...creates a realistic, but seldom articulated, Southern setting of fifty years ago.” —The Horn Book

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About the author

Kristi Collier

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

Kristi Collier

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