This award-winning, coming-of-age gem by Jennifer Erin Valent recounts one farm family's struggle against racial bigotry in Depression-era Virginia. When Jessilyn's parents begin raising her best friend as their own daughter, this kindness toward a dark-skinned orphan triggers threats and violence. While teetering on the brink of womanhood, Jessilyn must learn to be a shining light in a dark world.
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"In segregated Virginia, 1932, a white family takes in a black girl whose parents are killed in a fire. Thirteen-year-old Jessilyn tells the story of the community backlash that follows her family's act of kindness. Kate Forbes is perfect as the hot-tempered, determined young teen. She reads with a backcountry Southern accent, conveying Jessilyn's pain as she is shunned by adults and children, her anger and fear as she is terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan, and her joy as she finds worthwhile friends and a deeper faith. Forbes never breaks character as she keeps the suspense and intensity going in hushed, somber tones. Some scenes and words are difficult to listen to, but Forbes's compelling narration makes it impossible to stop. M.M.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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