The Friendship
The Friendship

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Annotation: Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly black man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930s.
Catalog Number: #110670
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: 1998
Illustrator: Ginsburg, Max,
Pages: 53 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-038964-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-49379-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-038964-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-49379-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 86029309
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6 A hot, humid afternoon in Mississippi in 1933 is the setting for a tense drama and tragic confrontation between Mr. Tom Bee, an elderly black man, and a white store owner, John Wallace. The interaction between the two men portrays how severely the bonds of friendship can be tested against a backdrop of racism, peer pressure, and individual rights. This novella is narrated by Cassie Logan from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Dial, 1976). She and her brothers go to the country store for some medicine for a neighbor. At the store, they are hassled by Wallace's sons. They run into Mr. Bee, who addresses John Wallace by his first name. Blacks are forbidden to do so, but Mr. Bee had saved John's life on more than one occasion, and John had given him permission to call him by his first name. Under pressure and taunting by the men in his store, John reneges on his promise in an explosive and devastating outburst. The characterization is very strong in this brief drama, and the events of this fateful afternoon will be unforgettable. The black-and-white illustrations are noteworthy, and depict the story's mood and action well. This book lends itself well to discussions on various topics pertaining to human relations. Jeanette Lambert, Albuquerque Public Library, N.M.
Word Count: 5,427
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 315 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.1 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q04240
Lexile: 750L
Guided Reading Level: S
Fountas & Pinnell: S

Another powerful story in the Logan Family Saga and companion to Mildred D. Taylor's Newbery Award-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Cassie Logan and her brothers have been warned never to go to the Wallace store. 

So they know to expect trouble there. What they don’t expect is to hear Mr. Tom Bee, an elderly black man, daring to call the white storekeeper by his first name. The year is 1933, the place is Mississippi, and any child knows that some things just aren’t done. Can a shared past between the two men make a difference?

"A powerful story…Readers will be haunted by its drama and emotion long after they have closed the book."—Booklist

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