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Walking with Miss Millie

Authors: Bundy, Tamara
Lexile: 790,
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
BISAC/Subject: JUV039120, JUV013030, JUV013020
ISBN: 9780399544583, Related ISBNs: 0399544569, 0399544577, 0399544585, 152477796X, 1524777978
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 240,
Audience: Children/juvenile
Synopsis: “A memorable and lovely debut.”--Kirkus Reviews
 
Walking with Miss Millie is full of subtle wisdom. Its ending is satisfying though sobering and there are elements of this story that stay with you long after the last page has been read.”--Karen English, Coretta Scott King Honor Award Author

A poignant middle grade debut about the friendship between a white girl and an elderly black woman in the 1960s South

 
Alice is angry at having to move to Rainbow, Georgia—a too small, too hot, dried-up place she’s sure will never feel like home. Then she gets put in charge of walking her elderly neighbor’s dog. But Clarence won’t budge without Miss Millie, so Alice and Miss Millie walk him together.

Strolling with Clarence and Miss Millie quickly becomes the highlight of Alice's day and opens her eyes to all sorts of new things to marvel over. During their walks, they meet a mix of people, and Alice sees that although there are some bullies and phonies, there are plenty of kind folks, too. Miss Millie shares her family’s story with Alice, showing her the painful impact segregation has had on their town. And with Miss Millie, Alice is finally able to express her own heartache over why her family had to move there in the first place.

Tamara Bundy’s beautifully written debut celebrates the wonder and power of friendship: how it can be found when we least expect it and make any place a home.
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