Yankee Girl by Mary Ann Rodman
Yankee Girl is a brilliant book based on racism and doing the right thing.
I found that it was one of those books that you just can’t put down. In fact my dad found me reading it on the staircase on the way up to bed.
Alice Ann Moxley is a friendly girl who just tries to fit in when she moves from Chicago to Mississippi. Alice is nick-named ‘Yankee Girl ‘ because she has a Deep Southern accent.
Valerie has a voice as sweet as honey, she should definitely be the angel in the school Nativity. But there is uproar because Valerie is a black girl in a white school. Alice doesn’t know whether to stick up for Valerie and be called a ‘Nigger Lover’ or stay reasonably popular in the crowd.
‘Suddenly, Valentine’s Day was the number-one topic on the bus to school. Sarrane and the other cheerleaders were giggling about their plan to get rid of Valerie. I unfolded the paper triangle and read in Sarrane’s teeny cursive: Do you want Coon Girl ( Valerie ) and her buddies in OUR junior high? Show her who’s boss. Send her a mean valentine. Anyone who doesn’t is a nigger lover AND WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!’
P.S. No card for Mary Martha Niggerlover either!!
A brilliant book for 9 – 15 year olds. You do not have to be interested in this particular subject it is a fabulous book all the same. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good, descriptive read.