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Kizzy Ann Stamps

By Jeri Watts

Taking things in stride is not easy for Kizzy Ann, but with her border collie, Shag, stalwart at her side, she sets out to live a life as sweet as syrup on cornbread.

In 1963, as Kizzy Ann prepares for her first year at an integrated school, she worries about the color of her skin, the scar running from the corner of her right eye to the tip of her smile, and whether anyone at the white school will like her. She writes letters to her new teacher in a clear, insistent voice, stating her troubles and asking questions with startling honesty. The new teacher is supportive, but not everyone feels the same, so there is a lot to write about. Her brother, James, is having a far less positive school experience than she is, and the annoying white neighbor boy won’t leave her alone. But Shag, her border collie, is her refuge. Even so, opportunity clashes with obstacle. Kizzy Ann knows she and Shag could compete well in the dog trials, but will she be able to enter? From Jeri Watts comes an inspiring middle-grade novel about opening your mind to the troubles and scars we all must bear — and facing life with hope and trust.

  • Debut author with a powerful, storytelling voice
  • A lyrical novel full of clear, insistent, and unforgettable characters
  • Approachable, engaging text that deals with school integration and issues of race during the Civil Rights Movement

About the author

Jeri H. Watts has worked as a public school teacher for twenty-seven years. She has written numerous short stories as well as the picture book Keepers, published in 1997. Kizzy Ann Stamps is her first middle-grade novel. She lives in Virginia, where she is a professor at Lynchburg College.

ISBN: 9780763658953
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: November 1, 2012
Dimensions: 130 x 193mm, 192pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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