Product Details
List Price:
$18.95
Ages:
10 to 14
Grades:
5 to 9
Pages:
288
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.25"
Published:
03/2018
Imprint:
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-723-6

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About the Book

Overview

Set in the summer of 1939, this sensitive, coming-of-age historical novel explores the complex nature of justice as a young girl struggles to stand up for what she knows is right, even when her community wants to turn the other way. It’s the calm before the storm of World War II in small-town Messina, California. Angie Wallace and her friends have set out on a mission to “love thy neighbor”—even if that means inviting weird Dodie Crumper to join in their summer plans. But as they move through their neighborly to-do list, the girls can’t help but notice that there’s something strange about the sudden return of Jefferson Clement, particularly when it comes to his behavior around young girls. And when Angie thinks she witnesses a terrible accident, she must make a choice that calls into question everything she understands about truth and justice.

Reviews

“In lingering, evocative prose, this story is demonstratively reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, including a stifling courtroom inquiry of the town scapegoat and a girl's loss of innocence.” – Kirkus Reviews  

Meet the Author

Marilyn Cram-Donahue

Marilyn Cram Donahue is the author of Straight Along a Crooked Road and its sequel The Valley in Between, as well as sixteen other books for children. She is also a regular school speaker and author-in-residence at writing retreats. She lives in Highland, California. Visit marilyncramdonahue.com.

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