By Susan Vaught
(Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Hardcover, 9781582349527, 200pp.)
Publication Date: December 9, 2004
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It is 1969, and Ruba has just moved to Mississippi from Haiti to live with her Grandmother Jones. This world is very different from her old life, where she spent days beachcombing with Ba, her maternal grandmother, and learning the lore of magic and history that she holds close. But magic isn't welcome in her new grandmother's house. Ruba struggles to understand her strange surroundings and the hate that comes at her from some of the white people in town. It isn't long before Ruba finds herself threatened by the KKK and drawn into the fight for civil rights. But a hurricane barreling toward the coast changes everything, bringing Ruba and her family a measure of justice and a new acceptance.
Susan Vaught works with young people as a clinical psychologist. She has also been writing all her life. She and her large family live on a rugged, 45-acre mountainous farm in the Smoky Mountain foothills in Tennessee. This is her second book for young adults.