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The Wonder of Charlie Anne Paperback – October 11, 2011
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Charlie Anne's town is small, so small that there's not even a school teacher--their school has been boarded up for over a year. Charlie Anne doesn't mind, because the letters dance around and make no sense to her, and the old teacher made her stand in a trash bucket because she couldn't read properly. But life changes for her when Old Mr. Jolly, her neighbor, who isn't really so old, gets a new wife, Rosalyn, who dresses in pants and arrives with an African-American girl, Phoebe, about Charlie Anne's age. Charlie Anne "never saw a colored girl up close before," and she's not sure "if Mirabel will let me play with a colored girl or not." And can Mr.Read more ›
Left in the care of their awful cousin Mirabel, she and her siblings have to make by as best they can, wearing hand-me-down clothes, going without shoes and education, and working hard to maintain their home. It’s not the happiest existence, but Charlie Anne tries her best to keep the family united. Everything changes on the day that two strangers move in next door and shake the town upside down. Rosalyn is a free-thinking schoolteacher who runs around in red pepper red trousers, and Phoebe is her African-American daughter, the first person of color that Charlie Anne has ever seen in her life. The two girls become fast friends, and fast funny Phoebe turns out to be the perfect solace for the still-grieving Charlie Anne.
Unfortunately, cousin Mirabel and the rest of the town are not as thrilled with their new neighbors, and they have to keep their playtimes a secret. As racial tensions mount and Rosalyn and Phoebe try to open up an integrated schoolhouse, Charlie Anne learns what people are really made of. Her hard times have just begun as she learns to stand up to injustice for the sake of her friend, finally donning some trousers of her own and realizing that this world still has plenty of surprises and pleasures in it. This is a lovely tale of friendship in the face of adversity, of family and love, of the power of education, and of life after loss.
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You have to love Charlie Anne approach to life, she‘s proud and she’s bold but she’s still just a child. Telling her father how she feels, taking a stand with Mirabel, hanging out with Phoebe and her experiences in school, they are all good examples on how lived. When she goes to the river to talk to her mom and then the way she talks to the animals on the farm it’s as though she really does have this special touch, and that these things/people are actually conversing and responding to her.Read more ›
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this was well written book simple but thought provoking. the author .made the characters easy to become attached to. nice light reading. I would think. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by A. Paskiewicz
best book ever I think everyone will like it maybe not the begging but the end made me happy and I felt sad at some points. but overall amazing book.Published on May 15, 2014 by vic
A wonderful book with a realistic storyline.. Very personal, felt a connection between myself and the main character. Excellent read for 5th grade students.Published on April 27, 2014 by Amanda
Great read - I bought this for my grand daughter and read it myself first. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting.Published on February 10, 2014 by Joan
My seven-year-old daughter and I read this together, and neither one of us wanted to put it down when she had to go to sleep! Read morePublished on November 28, 2013 by SMH