Virgie goes to school with us boys

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Feb 1, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers. Virgie, youngest in a family of boys, vows that she will accompany her brothers when they walk the seven miles to school every Monday morning. All Virgie wants is to go to school with her brothers George, Will, Nelson, Val, and C. C. But they keep saying she's too little for the long, seven-mile walk, and that girls don't need school. Well, Virgie doesn't agree, and she's not gonna let anything stand in her way.

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User Review  - breksarah - LibraryThing

This is the true story of a young girl who refuses to give up on her dream of going to school. After begging her brother and her parents, a young girl is granted permission to attend school. Her ... Read full review

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This realistic fiction book tells the story of a young African American girl who begs her parents to let her go to school with her brothers for a week. The school is seven miles away, and they have to ... Read full review


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Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard's grandfather was Cornelius "C. C." Fitzgerald. His brother Will told stories about their childhood to his daughter who passed them along to the author. Inspired by these stories, Elizabeth visited Jonesborough, Tennessee, a town seven miles from where her grandfather grew up. There she learned about a school started by Quakers called the Warner Institute and wrote this story. Elizabeth is the author of Chita's Christmas Tree, an ALA Notable Book and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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