The Activist's Daughter by Ellyn Bache
(Coming of Age Series)

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The year is 1963, the peak of the U.S. civil rights movement. A quarter of a million people have just marched on Washington, D.C., where they have been galvanized by Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. In rebellion against her unconventional mother's passionate involvement in the struggle for racial equality, 17-year-old Beryl Rosinsky flees Washington and enrolls at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here, in the heart of the segregated South, Beryl enters a strange world of paradoxes: a culture in which southern gentility masks deep-seated prejudice; a place in which protesters politely march single file on the sidewalks outside of "whites-only" shops; a "liberal" university that imposes a gender-based double standard of behavior upon its students. Though Beryl struggles to blend in, to conform, to reject her destiny as her mother's daughter, her encounters with racism, bigotry, and hypocrisy ultimately force her to come to terms with her family's values - and teach her who she really is.

About Ellyn Bache

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Bache is the recipient of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize.
Published May 30, 2013 by Banks Channel Books. 264 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Beryl Rosinsky's eventual involvement in the struggle is in ironic contrast to her initial determination to rebel against her mother's activism, spurred when Beryl's father's career was destroyed by the McCarthy hearings.

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A Patchwork of Books

This story was a great pleasure to illustrate, after illustrating several books for older children it was fun to work for this kind of book again, I hope I will always be able to maintain a balance between working on different books for different age ranges.

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