Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts
Historical Fiction. Brigham and I read this one together. He described it as “kind of a cross” between Because of Winn-Dixie (there’s a dog that is a best friend and important character), Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (there are themes of racism and inequality) and Dear Mr. Henshaw (the book is written in the form of letters and journal entries). The novel takes place in 1963, the first year of integrated schools in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. Kizzy Ann is worried about going to the white school, not only because she is black, but because of the large, moon-shaped scar down the side of her face. With indomitable spirit and the help of her dog, Shag, she meets every challenge. Kizzy Ann faces hatred and discrimination both in and out of school, but she finds kindness and friendship, as well.
If you enjoyed Dear Mr. Henshaw, you’ll enjoy this book.