Books: Fiction

Scraps of Time: Abby Takes a Stand, 1960

Book — Fiction. By Patricia McKissack. 2006. 112 pages.
Historical fiction about the lunch counter sit-ins for ages 9+.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 1961
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class

n325063Why has their grandmother bothered keeping a menu from a restaurant that closed years ago, a restaurant that never served very good food in the first place? Three cousins listen to Gee’s own story, set in the early days of lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, a time when a black child could sit up front in a city bus but still could not get a milkshake at a downtown restaurant.

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Abby, young readers see what it was like to live through those days and they’ll come to understand that, like a menu, freedom is about having choices. Each book in the series tells the story behind a different “scrap of time;” together they form a patchwork quilt of one black family’s past that stretches back for generations. [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9780142406878 | Puffin Books