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by Jonathon Scott Fuqua

ISBN 0763614173 / 9780763614171 / 0-7636-1417-3
Publisher Candlewick
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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Jonathon Scott Fuqua vividly evokes life in a small Southern town in this powerful story of friendship, race, and learning to trust your own voicein a world that doesnt always welcome what you have to say.

"From my back porch, I can see where my best friend lives. Evettes tenant house sits on my daddys property . . . but on account of her being black and me being white, she hardly ever comes in my house, and I dont go in hers. My daddy says thats just the way it is." Darby Carmichael thinks her best friend is probably the smartest person she knows, even though, as Mama says, Evettes school uses worn-out books and crumbly chalk. Whenever they can, Darby and Evette shoot off into the woods beyond the farm to play at being fancy ladies and schoolteachers.

One thing Darby has never dreamed of being - not until Evette suggests it - is a newspaper girl who writes down the truth for all to read. In no time, and with more than a little assistance from Evette, Darby and her column in the Bennettsville Times are famous in town and beyond. But is Marlboro County, South Carolina, circa 1926, ready for the truth its youngest reporter has to tell? [via]