Susie Q Fights Back
Susie Q Fights Back
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Annotation: As a New York-to-Missouri transplant in 1943, ten-year-old Susan Marcus discovers a world of prejudice right in her own backyard and makes a small but courageous stand toward equality.
Catalog Number: #6248713
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 108 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8234-3993-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-8234-3993-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017019786
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 3-6
Lexile: 880L

When ten-year-old Susan Marcus discovers a world of prejudice right in her own back yard she makes a small but courageous stand in this irresistibly appealing historical novel set in 1943.

You wouldn't even know there was a war on, thinks Susan Marcus as she surveys her new neighborhood in Clayton, Missouri. There are no air raid wardens, no blackout curtains. It's so different from her old home in New York City: no tall apartment buildings, no bustling city streets.

Susan can barely understand people, their accents are so thick, and of course eveyone in Clayton is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and sworn enemy of Susan's beloved New York Yankees.

Worst of all, for the first time in her life, ten-year-old Susan encounters prejudice -- against New Yorkers, Jews, blacks, and the Japanese. She must be circumspect about her friendship with Loretta (the daughter of the black janitor), for Jim Crow laws still exist in 1943 Missouri. Outraged, Susan decides to strike a blow against them. She's not going to break the rules exactly; she's just going to bend them.

A great book for highlighting the struggle for social justice and sparking family discussions about the history of racism and Jim Crow laws in America.

Published in hardcover as Susan Marcus Bends the Rules.

A PJ Our Way selection.

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