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Spite Fences

by Trudy Krisher

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Maggie is a 13 year old girl in Kinship GA who was born on the wrong side of the tracks, is strong but not pretty, and will always have to scrape for money. But, at least, she's white and in the segregated south of the 1960s that counts for a lot. As her favored sister vies for a local beauty pageant, Maggie gets a job cleaning the house of a (gasp) black man, George Hardy, visiting from the big city (Atlanta) to help locals fight to integrate. Maggie begins to see the injustices of Jim Crow-ism. There is also a side plot with the "white trash" neighbors (the Pughs build a fence). The ending is a tad contrived and convenient but in between are pages of telling details of living with segregation and is an admirable, even-handed look at race relations. Suitable for middle and high schools but some scenes of violence may be hard to read for the sensitive (local peddler Zeke is tortured; Maggie is nearly raged). ( )
  mjspear | Jul 3, 2016 |
Maggie Pew knows how to work. Her sister Gardenia is beautiful. Her father is unemployed. Her mother loves Gardenia, and beats Maggie. Naggue takes a job as a housekeeper to help support the family, and finds herself in the middle of a civil rights battle in Kinship, Georgia. ( )
  lilibrarian | Oct 8, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440220165, Paperback)

Thirteen-year-old Maggie Pugh has lived in Kinship, Georgia, all her life.
In all that time almost nothing has changed. If you are poor, you live on the
west side of town. If you are rich, you live on the hill in the north end and
get to go boating at the country club in Troy. If you are white you use one
bathroom at Byer's Drugs and if you are colored you use another.

All that starts to change in the summer of 1960. It is the summer when Maggie's
younger sister, Gardenia, triumphs in the Hayes County Little Miss Contest. It
is the summer when Maggie must decide whether or not to tell anyone about the
horrible thing she saw. Most of all it's the summer of Maggie's first camera, a
tool that becomes a way for her to find independence and a different kind of
truth.

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In Kinship, Georgia everything begins to change for 13-year-old Maggie Pugh in the summer of 1960. It is the summer when Maggie must decide whether to tell anyone about the horrible thing she saw. Most of all it's the summer of Maggie's first camera, a tool that becomes a way for her to find independence and a different kind of truth.… (more)

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