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McMullan, Margaret. When I Crossed No-Bob. 209 p. Houghton Mifflin. 2007. ISBN 978-0-618-71715-6.
Most tweens I have met have a good amount of compassion. They are appalled when they hear of current and historical atrocities. When I Crossed No-Bob
will be a book they will not be able to put down. Even though the main character is a girl, through out the book I felt like I was reading about a boy. Because of this, it will appeal to boys and girls. The character development is amazing, especially of the main character, Addy.Addy’s Mom has left their family and the run-down home they have in No-Bob, in rural Mississippi ten years after the end of the Civil War. When Frank Russell (Mr. Frank) gets married, him and his new wife take Addy in to their home, albeit reluctantly.
At night, the Ku Klux Klan terrorizes black people and anyone they think has helped black people. One night Addy witnesses something horrifying.
After that, her Dad comes to Mr. Frank’s home looking for Addy. Her Dad is not the kind of man that takes kindly to being told no. Addy has to go back home.
She learns a lot of things about the whole O’Donnell clan, her Dad included, that are really bad. What will happen to Addy? Will she be able to rise above the bad reputation every O’Donnell has ever had? Or, will she turn out just like the rest of them?
This story of hope and survival is very special. Read When I Crossed No-Bob to see if Addy can escape No-Bob.
Genre: historical fiction
Tags: reconstruction (U.S. history 1865-1877), Mississippi, abandoned children, race relations, Ku Klux Klan, family
A/R Reading level:
Grades 5-8Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: When I Crossed No-Bob