Reviews for Thousand Never Evers : Library Edition

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 December

Gr 5-8--Shana Burg's debut novel (Delacorte, 2008) is related by Addie Ann, an African-American girl living in Kuckachoo, Mississippi in 1963. Addie Ann is innocent, spunky, and ready to take on the seventh grade. However, during the summer before school begins, she finds out that life can be unjust and sometimes dangerous. Medgar Evans has been shot and four girls are killed in a Birmingham church. But after a wealthy white man leaves his home and land to all the people in Kuckachoo so that "together whites and Negroes shall plant a garden," the danger hits very close to home. Addie Ann's bother is presumed dead after a provoked incident and her uncle is wrongly charged with sabotaging the garden. Narrator Kenya Brome, using slightly different vocal patterns for each character, brings listeners into the story as the emotions, tensions, fears, and dangers are vividly conveyed. In a "Note to Listeners" at the beginning of the audiobook, Burg explains how she was inspired to write this novel as a result of her father's work as a lawyer during the Civil Rights Movement and discusses how she researched her story. A time line chronicling the key events of the era concludes the book. This poignant novel will lead to interesting classroom discussions.--Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library, NY

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