Moriah's Pond by Ethel Footman Smothers

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The adventures of a black tenant-farming family continue in this sequel to Down in the Piney Woods.  Spending the summer on her great-grandmother Moriah's farm seems like a life in paradise to Annie Rye.  Until, suddenly, she finds herself facing deep-seated prejudice and subject to unspoken rules when the lonely granddaughter of the wealthy white landowner offers Annie Rye friendship.  Smothers's sometimes hilarious, often moving portrait of independent Annie Rye and her family brings to life rural Georgia before the civil-rights movement and resonates with a universal message of understanding and forgiveness.

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Born in North Carolina, James Ransome is a graduate of the Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration.  While still a student at Pratt, James was one of twelve finalists out of two thousand selected to illustrate the annual Citibank calendar.  After graduation, James continued to study painting at the Art Students League where his entry into the Society of Illustrators Annual Student Scholarship Competition received the Jellybean award. Currently a member of the Society of Illustrators, James has illustrated numerous books for children, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt and Freedom's Fruit.  His illustrations also appear on book jackets, greeting cards, puzzles and shopping bags, as well as in magazines and calendars. One of James's paintings is in the Char
Published December 27, 1994 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 111 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The author of Down in the Piny Woods (1992) returns to the pre-civil-rights era of her youth and a rural family based on her own, marvelously capturing the rhythms and cadence of spoken language in the narrative of ten-year-old Annie Rye.

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Continuing the chronicle of Annie Rye, Maybaby and Brat begun in Down in the Piney Woods, Smothers's ebullient new novel centers on the adventures the girls share when they spend a summer in rural 1950s Georgia with their great-grandmother Moriah.

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