The Friendship (Hardcover)
|In 1933 Mississippi, Cassie Logan and her brothers are warned never to go to the Wallace store. What they don''t expect is to hear an elderly black man dare to call the white storekeeper by his first name. Any child knows that some things just aren''t done. Illustrations.|
From the Publisher:
Cassie Logan and her brothers make a revealing discovery when an old Black man calls a white storekeeper by his first name, in a story set in Mississippi in 1933
Mildred Taylor is best known for her historical fiction featuring African-American families. Although Taylor was born in Mississippi, she and her family moved to Ohio as her father did not want to raise his family in the segregated South. It was during her Ohio school years that Taylor first discovered the need for historical stories about African Americans. She felt that what she and other students learned from textbooks did not accurately portray the lives and history of African Americans. Taylor attended the University of Toledo, after which she joined the Peace Corps to teach English and history in Ethiopia. Upon returning to the U.S., she entered the School of Journalism at the University of Colorado. During this time, as a member of the Black Student Alliance, she helped the university develop a black studies program. Her first book, SONG OF THE TREES, was published in 1975 after it was entered in a contest sponsored by the Council on Interracial Books for Children. Taylor's second book, ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY won the 1977 Newbery Medal. In 1982. LET THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN received the Coretta Scott King Award.