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Abby Takes a Stand (Scraps of Time)

Abby Takes a Stand (Scraps of Time)
Author: Patricia McKissack
ISBN 13: 9780142406878
ISBN 10: 142406872
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: 2006-12-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112
List Price: $4.99

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.

Publishers Weekly

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.