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A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780439271998
Characteristics: 161 p. : ill. ; 20 cm


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JCLHebahA Nov 30, 2019

This was a short, powerful read, set in 1924 but highly relevant to today. A small Vermont town responds in a variety of ways to the Klan coming to town. Hesse shows--at an age-appropriate level--the various levels at which racism works and how silence in the face of it is tacit endorsement. Brilliant.

TSCPL_LissaS Nov 15, 2016

Reading and discussing this book with others, about 48 hours after the 2016 elections, was timely, challenging and worthwhile.

agustinargentina1 Jun 03, 2013

Really good because if you really wan't to read about the 1920's and how people were treated differently and how this (mean) group called the Ku Klux Klan even went to kill African Americans, Jews, and people who were not Prodistans (African Americans or Jews or whites).

Feb 18, 2013

This is a tremendous, powerful read that manages to share a troubling side of history through courageously crafted verses. I love that the heroines are young women ages 12 and 6. Hesse has an uncanny way of making sorrowful stories entertaining and enlightening simultaneously.

Tulips13 Jul 30, 2012

I had to read this book for a school project, so I read it a few times. Each time I read it I had a new understanding of the book. This book has such depth, and each time you read it you will discover something new about the plot, characters, conflict, and setting even. This book will never get old.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 13, 2010

Grade 6 - 12

Jun 10, 2003

Told in several voices, this book relates the arrival of the K.K.K. in a small Vermont town in the 1920''s. As several of the townsfolk are singled out for persecution, others are struggling with resistance. All the entries are written as poetry which might deter some readers, and there are better depictions of this same issue in fiction, like To Kill A Mockingbird, but the author has given us a genuine portrait of the time period.


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