by Dori Sanders | Children's Books |
ISBN: 0449906248 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 2/25/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, February 25, 2018
I have no idea when I got this book. I know it's been in my home for a long, long time. It has a stamp in it from The Book Thing of Baltimore so I assume that's from where I obtained this book.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Wednesday, February 28, 2018
This is a beautiful, soft, sad, and sweet story told by Clover Lee Hill, a ten-year-old black girl living in South Carolina. It reads almost like a diary. Clover's mom was no longer alive. Her dad, Gaten Hill, dies suddenly in an automobile accident just hours after marrying Sara Kate, a white woman. That leaves Clover in the care of a stepmother she hardly knows.

In the first half of the novel, we meet Gaten’s extended family and see their reaction to his dating a white woman. Most of the family at first seems skeptical. Later most remain unhappy with his choice to marry Sara Kate, but they were not downright hateful so this novel at least starts out with a glimmer of hope and on an upbeat note. Gaten’s sister Everleen did tell Clover, “People need to be accepted and judged by the kind of person they are inside, not on the basis of the color of their skin.”

As the novel progresses, we see family and friends interact and bonds tighten. It's really lovely how this happens and is reflected in Clover's words. Of all of the qualities of this novel, I think its gentleness is what moves me the most.

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*** The 2018 4 Elements Release Challenge hosted by Firegirl. The author's name contains the word SAND.


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