Kizzy Ann Stamps

CD - unabridged
Audio (4 discs)
Product Number: BN9168
Released: Aug 06, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781480553521
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kizzy Ann Stamps is starting at a new school, the just-integrated public school, and she's worried. She's worried that the white students won't like her, and she's worried they'll stare at the scar that runs from the tip of her right eye to the corner of her smile - the scar a neighbor boy gave her, in a farming accident. But now this same boy won't stop following Kizzy and Shag, her beloved border collie, everywhere they go - even when they're practicing for an upcoming herding competition. And though Kizzy and Shag have been training hard, Kizzy and her coach aren't sure they'll even let her, a black girl, enter the competition. In this tender - and often humorous - debut novel, Kizzy Ann discovers that almost everyone has scars to bear and that with a dog at your side you can find the courage to face them head-on.

Author(s): Jeri Watts

Professional reviews

"Cranky, incredulous Kizzy is perfectly captured by narrator Quincy Bernstine. In 1964 the 12-year-old farm girl launches herself from a one-room black schoolhouse into a newly integrated school with real reference books and real racial animosity. Watts crams Kizzy's letters and journaling with details of segregated life as Kizzy records her school year, which is highlighted by winning a spelling bee that she cannot attend since there are no accommodations for black students. Another plot element is her training of her beloved border collie, Shag, which leads to new friendships, one with a well-accented Scots mentor and another with a surly neighbor. The story is irresistible and educational. Even when Kizzy's insights are a bit too wise, Bernstine keeps the pace and tone just right. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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