Mississippi Morning (Hardcover)

By Ruth Vander Zee, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 9780802852113, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 13, 2004

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"bJames William, I donbt know how we could keep this place going without your help. You can go now but you be sure you donbt get into any trouble.b

Piece by piece, James Williambs comfortable life begins to unravel. First, he learns that the burning of a black manbs house was not accidental. Then his fishing buddy LeRoy tells him about the hanging tree and the Klan. Though he accepts that blacks and whites canbt eat at the same tables or drink from the same fountains because bthatbs the way it is, b James William canbt believe that racial hatred exists in his own community until he comes face to face with a Klan member.

A thought-provoking story of one boybs loss of naivete in the face of harsh historical realities, "Mississippi Morning" will challenge young readers to question their own assumptions and confront personal decisions.

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