Don't Say Ain't by Irene Smalls-Hector

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In the 1950s, Dana struggles to live in two worlds—her Harlem neighborhood and the advanced school she attends—while staying true to herself. Irene Smalls and Colin Bootman team up in this heart-warming story of friendship, integration, opportunity, and hard choices.
 

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Irene Smalls grew up in Harlem where Double Dutch was her favorite game. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in black studies and from New York University with an M.B.A. She is the author of 15 books for children, including KEVIIN AND HIS DAD (Little, Brown). Irene Smalls performs and lectures at schools and conferences around the country. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Published February 1, 2003 by Charlesbridge. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the equally facile conclusion, Dana jumps rope to her own rhyme: "If you want to say 'ain't,'/ So people won't faint,/ And laugh and think you're quaint,/ Just say it at home./ And when you roam,/ Speaking proper sets de tone,/ So folks won't moan,/ And dat's that."

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In this tale set in 1957 Harlem, a girl learns to reconcile the ideas of her new integrated school with her home life.

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