Through the eyes of ten-year-old Abby, readers see what life was like for a black child in Nashville in 1960, when she couldn’t get served a milkshake at a downtown restaurant. Illustrations.
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.
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” – publisher
Reading level – 3.6
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