Abby Takes A Stand by Patricia MckissackAbby Takes A Stand by Patricia Mckissack

Abby Takes A Stand

byPatricia MckissackIllustratorGordon James

Paperback | December 28, 2006

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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
Gordon C. James also illustrates the Scraps of Time series by Patricia C. McKissack. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Title:Abby Takes A StandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 0.3 inPublished:December 28, 2006Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142406872

ISBN - 13:9780142406878

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"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"This accessible, lively, and heartfelt chapter book reades like a memoir and makes a perfect introduction to an extraordinary time when regular people, even ten-year-old girls, make a difference." --The Horn Book"This easy chapter book, with simple sentences, plenty of white space, and a liberal sprinkling of Gordon's expressive black-and-white drawings, is an appealing and welcome title." --School Library Journal