Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin

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Ten year old Belle Teal Harper lives with her mother and grandmother in a small rural town in the early 1960s. Though they don't have much, Belle Teal feels rich with love and loyalty to her family and best friends, Clarice and Little Boss. As a new school year begins, Belle Teal faces unexpected challenges, including her grandmother¹s memory fading, her mother working longer hours to support the family, the bruises inflicted upon Little Boss by his father, and the two new students at her school: a shy African-American boy caught in the center of rampant prejudice and a girl who seems determined to taunt Belle Teal.
 

About Ann M. Martin

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Ann M. Martin, 1955 - Ann Mathews Martin was born on August 12, 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey. She graduated from Smith College and worked as a teacher, was an editor of children's books for both Bantam and Scholastic, and then became a full time writer. Martin is the author of the well-known Baby-sitters Club books. She has also written other children's books, which include the title "Ten Kids, No Pets." She bases her characters, in part, on individuals in her own life; and the shy babysitter Mary Anne, is partially based on herself. She created a new series for middle grade readers called California Diaries, which follows Dawn of The Baby-sitters Club, after she moves to California.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Scholastic Signature. 216 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And although there is a lot going on here, what with Little Boss’s family tensions, the snooty newcomer Vanessa (whom Belle Teal refers to as “HRH”), and Belle Teal’s anxiety over the changes in her grandmother’s capabilities in addition to the central integration plot, Martin (The Doll People, 2...

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Martin sensitively captures the narrator's reactions to the events around her, such as when Belle Teal sees racist picketers outside of her school: "I feel my face grow warm, like I'm embarrassed, even though I haven't done anything."

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"This honest and moving novel takes readers back to the era of the civil rights movement in the rural South to share the experiences of a poor white girl when her school becomes integrated," said PW in a starred review.

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