Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

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All Virgie wants is to go to school with her brothers George, Will, Nelson, Val, and C. C. But they keep saying she's too little for the long, seven-mile walk, and that girls don't need school.
Well, Virgie doesn't agree, and she's not gonna let anything stand in her way.
 

About Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

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Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard is the author of several books that celebrate her extended family. The real Lulu is the author's great-aunt. Born in 1870, Lulu was an elementary school teacher for almost fifty years. She also rolled bandages for the Red Cross, worked a swing shift during World War II, learned to create books in Braille, and studied millinery, drafting, ceramics, Spanish, rug-hooking, and leather and metal tooling, and voted faithfully in all local elections. "Was Lulu your grandma?" children often ask the author. "Well, sure," replies Mrs. Howard. "Lulu was "everybody's" grandma." Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. E.B. Lewis's watercolor paintings appear in BIG BOY and many other picture books. The recipient of a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration, he lives in Folsom, New Jersey.
 
Published February 1, 2000 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Based on a true story set during Reconstruction, an African-American girl is determined to get an education just like her brothers, despite the protests of her family.

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(Howard's grandfather), the tale is set during Reconstruction, when schools sprang up all over the South to help educate the children of freed slaves, and it is based on the particular school attended by the real-life C.C.

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More than anything, Virgie wants to go to school like her five older brothers do.

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