Scraps of Time Abby Takes a Stand

abby takes a stand mckissack

A historical chapter book series from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author, Patricia C. McKissack.

Why has their grandmother bothered keeping a menu from a restaurant that closed years ago, a restaurant that never served very good food in the first place? Three cousins listen to Gee's own story, set in the early days of lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, a time when a black child could sit up front in a city bus but still could not get a milk shake at a downtown restaurant.

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Abby, young readers see what it was like to live through those days, and they'll come to understand that, like a menu, freedom is about having choices. Each book in this series tells the story behind a different "scrap of time"; together they form a patchwork quilt of one black family's past that stretches back for generations.---from the publisher

104 pages                                978-0142406878                       Ages 8-12

Keywords:  African American, African American author, diversity, diverse books, historical fiction, family, grandmother, civil rights movement, prejudice, racism, segregation, discrimination, social conditions, social issues, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, Black Lives Matter, part of a series

Also in this series:  Away West; Home Run King; A Song for Harlem

Other reviews:

"A perfect introduction to an extraordinary time when regular people, even ten-year-old girls, make a difference." --The Horn Book

"The book gives readers a kid's-eye view of important happenings and reminds them that history is something that is in the making." --Booklist

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