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Delana has never known her parents. She’s been raised by Grandpa, who doesn’t say much, and Aunt Tilley, who says plenty—just not the things Delana wants to hear. Aunt Tilley’s family stories are wild and not to be trusted, while her Book of Bewares—including boys, fairs, even peeling a potato—keeps Delana from doing much of anything.
When Aunt Tilley dies, Delana’s world turns topsy turvy. Her pent-up curiosities start to come out; most important, who is her father, and why did he leave? As Delana unravels her aunt’s fictions and draws out her mysterious grandpa, she’ll discover more than a few surprises. And she just might find her rightful home—in one place she hadn’t thought to look.
This moving story is imagined around antique photographs from the author’s collection. True historical details create a vivid backdrop, while a young girl’s emerging spirit and voice will have readers hoping for a picture-perfect ending.
“ . . . richly lyrical and historically persuasive . . .” —Kirkus (starred review)
“Much more than just a tale of finding oneself or one’s family, this novel is a powerful, unique and satisfying story of African American lives.” —Booklist (starred review)
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Ages 8–up | 192 pages
Hardcover | Bloomsbury | 2010 | ISBN: 978-1-59990-318-7