From Kirkus Reviews
"This fictional account of children growing up in a rural Southern town during the civil rights movement illustrates how childhood innocence is often the collateral damage of social injustice. Twelve-year-old Annie Mackey and her friends Buck, Twig and Briddy spend carefree days in the strong limbs of the favorite climbing tree they've named Old Lady. The tree provides the stability they seek, as each of their lives begins to change in confusing, unmanageable ways. Among the friends, the author orchestrates rhythmic dialogue with a keen sense of the regional dialect that matches the intellectual capabilities of adolescents faced with adult problems. Annie's mother suffers a nervous breakdown after the unexpected death of Annie's brother; Will; Buck is bullied and humiliated by his older brother; and siblings Twig and Briddy attempt to realize their dreams despite the obstacles of religion and social mores. With perspicacious guidance of the Mackey's housekeeper, Naomi, the children begin to form their identities in a community that struggles to reconcile its values with its actions and laws. Amid race relations and a battle for women's rights, the realistic characters inhabit a rich setting.An engaging, entertaining story with memorable characters."
About the Author
Salley McAden McInerney is a journalist, freelance writer and former columnist for the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail, the Gwinnett (Atlanta, Ga.) Daily News, The Columbia (S.C.) Record and The State (Columbia, S.C.) newspapers. Ms. McInerney's columns and stories have won many journalism awards, including a national "Best of Scripps Award" for feature writing in 2006; the National Newspaper Association's "Best Spot News Story" for 1992; and the Georgia Associated Press's "Story of the Year" for 2008. Ms. McInerney has also won many Georgia and South Carolina Press Association awards, including the 2002 Georgia Press Association's "Joe Parham Trophy for Humorous Columns," the 1988 South Carolina Press Associaton's "Judson Chapman Award," the 1987 South Carolina Press Association's first-place award for feature writing, and the 2005 South Carolina Press Association's first-place award for column writing. In 1989, while at The State, Ms. McInerney was a contributing columnist to a series of stories about Hurricane Hugo, which was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in General News Reporting. Ms. McInerney is a 1978 graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee) and was invited to attend the Sewanee Writers' Conference in 2004, studying fiction writing with novelists Jill McCorkle and Richard Bausch. In 1988, while at The State, Ms. McInerney trained under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker. Ms. McInerney was raised in Columbia, S.C. She and her husband, Michael, live on Lake Hartwell, in northeast Georgia. They have two children - Ann Skipper Ballenger and Michael "Mac" McInerney; three dogs - Boo, Cricket and Baby; and two cats, Lucy and Sophie. Journey Proud is Ms. McInerney's first novel.