Monday, January 19, 2009

Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys

Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys

Written by: Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Illustrated by: Earl B. Lewis

Elementary Grades

"The youngest and the only girl in a family with five boys, Virgie works hard to convince everyone she is old enough, strong enough, and smart enough to attend the school set up by the Quakers for recently freed blacks in Jonesborough, TN. By the end of summer, she has convinced her family that she can make the seven-mile walk to board at school each week and willingly handle the job of "learning to be free." The story is a superb tribute to the author's great aunt, the inspiration for this book. Howard crystallizes each of the family members, setting the protagonist snugly in the midst of annoying but loving brothers and wise parents. A note provides more information about the school and family in this story."

School Library Journal Review

Coretta Scott King Honor Book, 2001

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