Scraps of Time: Abby Takes a Stand, 1960

Book – Fiction. By Patricia McKissack. 2006. 112 pages. For ages 9+. Historical fiction about the lunch counter sit-ins.

  • Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5 | Resource Types: Books: Fiction

n325063Why 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 milkshake 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 the 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. [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9780142406878 | Published by Puffin Books.

 

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