Why has their grandmother bothered keeping a menu from a restaurant that closed years ago, a restaurant that never served very good food in the first place? Three cousins listen to Gee's own story, set in the early days of lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, a time when a black child could sit up front in a city bus but still could not get a milk shake at a downtown restaurant. Through the eyes of ten-year-old Abby, young readers see what it was like to live through those days, and they'll come to understand that, like a menu, freedom is about having choices. Each book in this series tells the story behind a different "scrap of time"; together they form a patchwork quilt of one black family's past that stretches back for generations.
About the Author: Patricia C. McKissack lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Gordon C. James lives in Washington, D.C.
In what PW called an "engaging" kickoff to the Scraps of Time series, Abby finds a menu in her grandmother Gee's attic, sparking the woman's memory of a pivotal episode in the American civil rights movement. Ages 8-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.