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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Yankee Girl written by Mary Ann Rodman

Yankee Girl
It's 1964, a difficult time in the southern area of the United States, for some. Alice Ann Moxley's father (an FBI agent) has been transferred to Mississippi, and the family moves with him. Alice has moved before, but this time is different. She finds it difficult to adapt to the different customs and accents. She also has to make some decisions on where she stands regarding integration.

Alice is, as a sixth grader, trying to be popular in a new school - or at least accepted by her classmates. Making friends in the tension filled situation is difficult. Some of her new classmates look down on her, and treat her poorly, just because she is from Chicago - the north. It was interesting to follow this character as she matured into a person who could stand up for what she believes in, and do the right thing, while knowing the possible repercussions.

Yankee Girl is a book that needs to be read as a reminder of where we have come from, how the fairly recent past, and the civil rights movement of the 1960's, has affected how life is today, and not just in the south. Mary Ann Rodman has written an insightful story of growing up, and the decisions that are made while young that can affect our lives, and those around us, for many years.


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