The Books

Sources of Light
(Houghton Mifflin, April 2010)

It's 1962, a year after the death of Sam's father--he was a war hero--and Sam and her mother must move, along with their very liberal views, to Jackson, Mississippi, her father's conservative hometown. Needless to say, they don't quite fit in.

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(Houghton Mifflin, April 2009)

In her fourteen years living in a Chicago housing project, Cashay has never ridden in a taxi cab, seen the city lit up at night, or set foot in a museum. She's not pretty, or graceful, or bubbly like her little sister, Sashay. She gets her family by on a couple of dollars and food stamps every week.

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When I Crossed No-Bob
(Houghton Mifflin, November 2007)

Life as an O'Donnell is all twelve-year-old Addy knows, and life as an O'Donnell means trouble. Tucked away in a gray patch of woods called No-Bob, the O'Donnell clan has nothing but a bad reputation. So when Addy's mama abandons her on the afternoon of Mr. Frank Russell's wedding celebration, nobody is very surprised.

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How I Found The Strong
(Houghton Mifflin, April 2004)

It is the spring of 1861 and the serenity of Smith County, Mississippi has been shattered by Abraham Lincoln's declaration of war on the South. Young and old are taking up arms and marching off to war. But not ten year-old Frank Russell. Although he is eager to enlist in the Confederate army, he is not allowed. He is too young, too skinny, too weak. After all he's just "Shanks," the baby of the Russell family.

" of the best of the many recent books about young people in the South caught up in the bloody conflict around them... The violence isn't sensationalized; the characters are drawn with quiet truth, always from the young white kid's viewpoint; and there's no sentimentality." (from Booklist)

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In My Mother's House

In My Mother's House (St. Martin's Press, November 2003) is a beautiful, haunting, and elegantly crafted novel about a daughter's quest to understand her mother's staunch commitment to silence about their family's experiences in Vienna during World War II and how they were able to escape.

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When Warhol Was Still Alive

When Warhol Was Still Alive (1994) is a funny, poignant novel about the women's magazine industry and life in New York in the eighties. It's about love and friendship, memory and dreams, the struggle to stay close and learning how to say goodbye.

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