Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg

Title: A Thousand Never Evers
Author: Shana Burg
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Rating: Worship
Alerts/Warnings: Issues of Racism
Premise: IN KUCKACHOO, MISSISSIPPI, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett worships her brother Elias and follows in his footsteps by attending the black junior high school. But when her careless act leads to her brother’s disappearance and possible murder, Addie Ann, Mama, and Uncle Bump struggle with not knowing if he’s dead or alive. Then a good deed meant to unite Kuckachoo sets off a chain of explosive events. Addie Ann knows Old Man Adams left his land to the white and black people to plant a garden and reap its bounty together, but the mayor denies it. On garden picking day, Addie Ann’s family is sorely tested. Through tragedy, she finds the voice to lead a civil rights march all her own, and maybe change the future for her people. (

Opinions: This is a powerful read about civil rights in the 1960's. It was flat out the best book that I read the year it was written and I think it should have one many awards. It is beautifully written. The characters and well developed and the story is compelling. Shana Burg really did her research to portray the accurate feeling in the south in 1963. She did an amazing job and I think this is a must read.

1 comment:

Shana said...

Hi Stephanie,

I'm thrilled by your review! Thank you for reading and enjoying my book. I love that you and your best friend have teamed up to promote reading. Very cool.

Shana Burg