Black Angels

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Random House Children's Books, Oct 1, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 176 pages
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A powerful look at race and family at the dawn of the civil rights movement.

Eleven-year-old Celli's summer begins the usual way -- her mother leaves for a month's vacation in Atlanta and Sophie the baby-sitter moves into their house from the other side of town. But this is not a usual summer. Celli has discovered angels that no one else can see -- black angels appearing on the white side of town. And Sophie, part of the family despite the dark color of her skin, has become an outspoken advocate for equal rights. Her daring support of the fledgling civil rights movement embarrasses Celli -- and leaves her an outcast among her friends. As the black community's support for equality swells, Celli feels more embarrassed by Sophie's strident presence in town than supportive of the movement, until her long-lost grandmother from Ohio pays a visit and reveals a secret that will change the way Celli looks at life, color, and family.

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User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

This is a good introduction for young readers to race prejudice and the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement in the south. I'll bring it to you, Dawn. Read full review

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User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

This is the story of a young girl living in Georgia during the civil rights movement. I really enjoyed it. The story is told from a unique perspective which I won't go into detail about as that would ... Read full review


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Rita Murphy's first novel, Night Flying, won the Delacorte Press Prize in 1999.

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