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When I Crossed No-Bob Hardcover – December, 2007

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Editorial Reviews


"McMullan again proves herself to be a superb prose stylist, creating a haunting portrait..." Kirkus Starred 10/01/07 Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"This will make a fine addition to libraries seeking to expand their historical fiction offerings." SLJ November 2007 STARRED School Library Journal, Starred

"The simple prose can be pure poetry." Booklist 10/01/07 Booklist, ALA

"[A] deeply philosophical, first-person account of life...uplifting and heartbreaking as the same time." Bookpage, November 2007 Bookpage

"McMullan allows Addy to tell her own tale in an ingenuous present tense." The Horn Book Jan/Feb 2008 Horn Book

"Addie's voice is likable and she embodies the common theme in YA literature of rising above." KLIATT 11/01/07 KLIATT

"Suspenseful plotting and language...very appealing characters...a compelling portrait of life in Mississippi during Reconstruction." Bulletin February 2008 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This first-person, present-tense narrative makes Addy's story vibrant and realistic." VOYA February 2008 VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

About the Author

Margaret McMullan is the acclaimed author of When I Crossed No-Bob and How I Found the Strong, as well as the adult novels In My Mother’s House and When Warhol Was Still Alive. Her work has appeared in such publications as Glamour, the Chicago Tribune, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She is a professor and the chair of the English department at the University of Evansville in Indiana.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 209 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (December 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618717153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618717156
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Margaret McMullan is the author of seven award-winning novels including In My Mother's House, Aftermath Lounge, Sources of Light, When I Crossed No-Bob, and How I Found the Strong. She also edited the anthology Every Father's Daughter, a Parade Magazine "Sizzling Summer Read." Margaret writes for both adults and young adults, and she is especially interested in how historical events affect ordinary people. Her work has appeared in the The Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Glamour, The Millions, Southern Accents, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Mississippi Magazine, Other Voices, Boulevard, Ploughshares, Teachers & Writers Magazine, and The Sun among others.

A recipient of a 2010 NEA Fellowship in literature and a 2010 Fulbright to teach in Hungary, Margaret is the National Author Winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. Visit her website at:

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Stanek on March 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Addy is abandoned by her mother when she is only 12, yet she has her head on straight enough to muddy through the forces of good and evil which close in around her. Not unlike Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird," Addy rises to the truth when she needs to and acts with courage and determination, with a maturity that most adults around her fail to exhibit. Torn between her family's bad reputation and her own need for independence, Addy shows that being abandoned by your family can be a positive when the right surrogate parents are at hand. Great post-Civil War snapshot of the Deep South, complete with white sheets and very mean men. Suitable for middle- or high schoolers and an easy airplane read for me.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SarahNewMexico on February 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
If I had read books like "When I Crossed No-Bob" when I was a teen, I would have learned so much about history. It's really too bad that I waited this long.

This was a beautifully written book. The main character's voice shines through. I swear you can hear her voice and her accent. I am a middle school Language Arts teacher and have already passed this book on to students who are enjoying it just as I did.

I think that modern society sometimes takes for granted the simple things in life and how education is so important. It's also a good reminder for all educators that technology is constantly changing the way students learn. The technology in this book was in the form of maps and books. Mr. Frank's students hadn't seen maps before. It warmed my heart to see the students so excited over the maps and I was reminded how much students love anything digital.

Beautiful book! This will stay with me for a long time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Hearin on December 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have read "How I Found the Strong" by Ms. McMullan and enjoyed this book even more. My grandchildren loved it. The author's writing skills get better and better. Write one for us older readers!
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