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Yankee Girl

Yankee Girl

Author(s): Mary Ann Rodman

Location(s): Chicago

Genre(s): Children

Era(s): 1964

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It’s 1964 and Alice has moved to Mississippi from Chicago with her family. Nicknamed `Yankee Girl’ and taunted by the in-crowd at school, Alice soon discovers the other new girl Valerie – one of the school’s first black students – has it much worse. Alice can’t stand the way Valerie is treated, and yet she knows she will remain an outsider if she speaks up. It takes a horrible tragedy to finally give Alice the courage to stand up for what she believes. Set in the Deep South in the 1960s, Yankee Girl is a powerful, resonant and relevant story about racism and doing the right thing.

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