This is a sensitive, heartfelt account of growing up black in the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's. This is Ms. Woodson's account of her family as they lived in a rapidly changing society. We learn that her family became Jehovah's Witnesses after her mother left for work in the North. Her baby brother had lead poisoning. According to her grandmother, to break the race barrier, you had to insist gently, but be willing to die. Commendations on a job artfully done.
Mark Twain Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17