The Times They Used to Be by Lucille Clifton

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Mama, Mama.
Tell us about when you was a girl . . .
tell us one of them stories
about the olden days.

So begins this tender story, set in 1948, when Satchel Paige was in the majors, Ralph Bunche was at the U.N., and each evening Sooky and her family turned on the radio to listen to Amos ’n’ Andy. Uncle Sunny, a veteran of the 92nd Division in World War II–it was his time, too. But mostly it was Sooky’s time, as she sat on the curb with her best friend Tallahassie May Scott in the dusky summer nights, waiting for the street lights to go on. That summer Sooky was 12 years old and got her first pair of wedgies, and sin broke all out in her best friend’s body because she wasn’t saved.

About Lucille Clifton

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Lucille Clifton is an award-winning poet who has written many acclaimed books for children and adults.E. B. Lewis has won three Coretta Scott King Honor Awards for his artwork.
Published May 1, 1976 by Dell Pub Co. 48 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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The Times They Used to Be by Lucille Clifton, originally published in 1974, portrays life in the summer of 1948 for 12-year-old Sooky and her family.

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