A provocative, sensitive, and oh-so-timely read.
(Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW)
Ambitious, thought provoking, and very readable.
(Booklist, STARRED REVIEW)
Vaught deftly balances family story and mystery, and the racial attitudes and experiences of biracial Dani and white Mac contrast starkly with those of their elders but cannot fully insulate them from the families’ strained histories. The awaited revelation of the reason for the Magnolia Feud—Avadelle’s appropriation of Ruth’s civil rights experiences, which she fictionalized into a novel—is definitely dramatic. Perhaps more importantly, it’s challenging, forcing the reader to consider such thorny issues as who has the right to tell a story and how does the legacy of segregation continue to affect kids generations removed from its legal demise. (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
A strong addition to school collections and curricula, especially when paired with nonfiction titles about the civil rights era. (School Library Journal)
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