Maggie's Amerikay by Barbara Timberlake Russell

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“In Amerikay,” Maggie’s da has told her, “we will start anew.”
It’s 1898, and Maggie McCrary and her family have just crossed the ocean to settle in New Orleans. America is the answer to her father’s dream of books and proper learning. For her
mother, it offers the chance to buy land. But living in a crowded tenement watching her neighbors work hard all day, Maggie isn’t sure she likes Amerikay. Then Maggie discovers kinship in Nathan, an African American boy, and hope in the ragtime music he plays – music that seems to shout: Free! Free! I choose who I will be!
Striking illustrations pull readers into the rich mix of people that make up New Orleans in the 1890s and into the story of one young girl’s quest to find her own place in America.

Maggie's Amerikay is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About Barbara Timberlake Russell

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BARBARA TIMBERLAKE RUSSELL's The Remembering Stonewas a commended title for the Americas Award. She lives inAtlanta, Georgia. JIM BURKE's many illustration awards includea Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. He lives inBrooklyn, New York.
Published April 18, 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A young Irish immigrant, struggling against hardship and prejudice to find her place in 1898 New Orleans, discovers a world of diverse cultures, music and possibilities in Russell's (The Remembering S

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While Mam sews and Da peddles, dreaming to ""buy land in Amerikay,"" Maggie attends school because Da insists: ""I've not crossed an ocean for my girls to work in factories."" Having been warned by her neighbors to ""stay away from such Negroes"" as young Nathan, Maggie is nonetheless shocked whe...

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