Mary Jane

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Doubleday, 1959 - Schools - 214 pages
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Mary Jane, the only Negro girl in an integrated school, learns to live in the tense environment

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I Read this book 45 years
ago and have never forgotten it.
It left a lasting impression. A great book With a powerful message.

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I got this book from Scholastic Book Club as a child in the 1960s, and I remember it well and fondly. Overt racism was not part of my world; the assassination of Dr. King was the first time I can remember realizing how serious the situation was; I would have been 9. Mary Jane helped me understand some of the issues, yet was an enjoyable story, rather than a didactic tome. Mary Jane, along with Amos Fortune, Free Man and several biographies of Harriet Tubman served as my grounding in racial issues, and I am grateful for them. 


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