Crossing Jordan

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Peachtree, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 140 pages
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This moving, coming-of-age story follows a young white girl who overcomes family prejudice and cultural differences when she befriends a black girl in a small working-class town.
Twelve-year-old Cassie narrates the dramatic events that unfold when Jemmie, an African-American girl, and her family move in next door. Despite their parents' deeply held prejudice against each other's family-exemplified by the fence Cassie's father builds between their two houses-the girls find they share more similarities than differences. Mutual interests in reading and running draw them together, and their wariness of each other disappears. But when their parents find out about the burgeoning friendship, each girl is forbidden to see the other. A family crisis and celebration provide opportunities for the families to reach an understanding.
Author Adrian Fogelin addresses the complex issues of bigotry and tolerance with sensitivity and intelligence. Readers will find her story of how two adolescent girls, through their own example, teach racial tolerance to the adults in a small Florida town powerful and compelling.

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User Review  - baxterclaus - LibraryThing

I liked this book most for the back-and-forth repartee between the two young woman protagonists, Cass, white and poor, and Jemmie, her new African American neighbor. They are believable, likeable ... Read full review

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a great book about interacial friendship Read full review


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ADRIAN FOGELIN is the author of The Big Nothing, Sister Spider Knows All, My Brother's Hero, Anna Casey's Place In The World, and Crossing Jordan, which was named an ALA Best Books for Young Adults; a VOYA Top Shelf for Middle School Readers; and an Honor Book, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society. Fogelin lives with her husband in Tallahassee, Florida.

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