A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg

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IN KUCKACHOO, MISSISSIPPI, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett worships her brother Elias and follows in his footsteps by attending the black junior high school. But when her careless act leads to her brother’s disappearance and possible murder, Addie Ann, Mama, and Uncle Bump struggle with not knowing if he’s dead or alive. Then a good deed meant to unite Kuckachoo sets off a chain of explosive events. Addie Ann knows Old Man Adams left his land to the white and black people to plant a garden and reap its bounty together, but the mayor denies it. On garden picking day, Addie Ann’s family is sorely tested. Through tragedy, she finds the voice to lead a civil rights march all her own, and maybe change the future for her people.

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About Shana Burg

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Many years ago, Shana Burg found herself in a Land Rover in the Malawian bush, investigating whether school children had basic supplies like pens, pencils and notebooks. Though she didn't find much in the way of supplies in the schools, Shana did make many friends. Later, as an educator and public speaker, Shana shared her experience in Malawi with her American students. She wished she could take them to Africa. With this book, she's doing just that. Shana Burg is the award-winning author of A Thousand Never Evers and lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and son.
Published June 10, 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 322 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Addie Ann’s story will help young readers realize that “You’re never too young to speak up for justice and lead by your own example.” (author’s note, afterword, chronology) (Fiction.

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Christian Science Monitor

A coming-of-age story set in the midst of the turmoil of the 1960s and the battle for civil rights.

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This book will be great for anyone who wants a good pool side read, but also wants a book that will make them think.

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Youth Services Book Review

Shana Burg has written a debut novel about Mississippi in 1963, a pivotal year in the Civil Rights Movement.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

It’s 1963, the height of the Civil Rights Movement, and in Kuckachoo, Mississippi, twelve-year-old Addie Ann Pickett isn’t quite sure what all the fuss is about.

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