In 1919, amidst fierce racial tensions in the rural south, a
young African-American girl named Nellie Lee Love moves with
her family from Tennessee to Chicago. Mama believes a fresh
start will help Nellie Lee’s sister Erma Jean, who has stopped
speaking after witnessing a horrible, mysterious event. Though
life in this northern city is new and exciting, Nellie Lee and
Erma Jean discover that racism knows no boundaries. With the
love and support of their family, both sisters realize the
strength within themselves to triumph in this co-commission by
the Kennedy Center and Scholastic Entertainment, based on
Patricia C. McKissack’s award-winning book from Scholastic’s
popular Dear America series.
Recommended for ages 9 and up.
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