Author(s): Mary Ann Rodman
An unflinching and heartfelt story about racism and finding the strength to stand up for what's right. Set in the Deep South in the 1960s, Yankee Girl still has strong resonances today. Synopsis It's 1964 and Alice Anne Moxley has moved to Mississippi from Chicago with her family. The 'Yankee Girl' is taunted by the other girls at school, although she soon discovers the other new girl - the school's first black student - suffers much worse. Alice is disturbed by what goes on, but knows she will remain an outsider if she defends Valerie. It takes a tragedy for her to realise what is really important and find the courage to act.
"In this impressive debut novel set in 1964, Rodman infuses the familiar struggle of the new girl in town with immediacy, danger and historical relevance. . . . Whether or not readers are familiar with civil rights, they are likely to find this novel memorable because it so strikingly identifies the bravery, cruelty and vulnerability of characters their own age."--"Publishers Weekly", Starred Review "Rich in detail and lively writing. An important addition to the field."--"Kirkus Reviews"" ""Every once in a while, we read a book that changes the way we view the world and how we treat others. For some readers, "Yankee Girl" just might be that book."--"The Reading Teacher"" ""Written in clear language . . . the message is strong."--"Voice of Youth Advocates"" ""The honesty of Alice's narrative moves this beyond docu-novel. . . . The real tension is whether Alice can move from being bystander to standing up for what she believes. Rodman shows how hard it is."--"Booklist"
Mary Ann Rodman was inspired to write Yankee Girl, her first novel, after leaving her job as a librarian and moving to Thailand. The experience of dealing with a completely different culture reminded her of her childhood years spent in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. Mary Ann moved to Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement when her father, an FBI agent, was sent to work there. Mary Ann now lives in Alpharetta, Georgia.