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"I don't normally enjoy historical fiction set in the civil rights era south. This book changed my tune. Addie is a strong, young female protagonist dealing with the weighty and passionate issues of a missing, and presumed dead, brother and racial tensions fueled by a community garden left to both "blacks and whites". The resulting strain this shared garden exerts is the spark that ignites a young girl's journey to start her own civil rights march. You may cry a little while reading Addie's story, but a little tug on the heartstrings is good now and again. Give yourself a treat and read this outstanding story."— Topher
IN KUCKACHOO, MISSISSIPPI, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett worships her brother Elias and follows in his footsteps by attending the black junior high school. But when her careless act leads to her brother’s disappearance and possible murder, Addie Ann, Mama, and Uncle Bump struggle with not knowing if he’s dead or alive. Then a good deed meant to unite Kuckachoo sets off a chain of explosive events. Addie Ann knows Old Man Adams left his land to the white and black people to plant a garden and reap its bounty together, but the mayor denies it. On garden picking day, Addie Ann’s family is sorely tested. Through tragedy, she finds the voice to lead a civil rights march all her own, and maybe change the future for her people.
Starred review, Publisher's Weekly, June 9, 2008:
“References to significant historical events add authenticity and depth, while Addie's frank, expertly modulated voice delivers an emotional wallop.”