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ISBN13: 9780399251795
ISBN10: 0399251790
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Ludelphia Bennett may be blind in one eye, but she can still put in a good stitch. Ludelphia sews all the time, especially when things go wrong.

But when Mama goes into labor early and gets deathly ill, it seems like even quilting won?t help. That?s when Ludelphia decides to do something drastic?leave Gee?s Bend for the very first time. Mama needs medicine that can only be found miles away in Camden. But that doesn?t stop Ludelphia. She just puts one foot in front of the other.

What ensues is a wonderful, riveting and sometimes dangerous adventure. Ludelphia weathers each challenge in a way that would make her mother proud, and ends up saving the day for her entire town.

Set in 1932 and inspired by the rich quilting history of Gee?s Bend, Alabama, Leaving Gee?s Bend is a delightful, satisfying story of a young girl facing a brave new world.

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"Debut author Latham offers an accessible piece of historical fiction, drawn from the real-life quilting traditions of Gee's Bend, Ala. Ludelphia Bennett — a strong-willed 10-year-old living in the small sharecropping community in 1932 — may be blind in one eye, the result of a wood-chopping accident, but she both adores and excels at quilting. 'Mama always said you should live a life the same way you piece a quilt,' she says. 'That you was the one in charge of where you put the pieces. You was the one to decide how your story turns out.' When her mother falls ill, Ludelphia takes off for Camden to find medical help, while trying to avoid Mrs. Cobb, the widow of the sharecroppers' boss, who has become unstable after the deaths of her husband and niece. Latham offers numerous heart-stirring moments, though while her story is heartfelt, several characters feel lacking in depth and complexity. Ludelphia is a determined heroine, but her internal monologue — 'Mama, if this here needle can make it across the Alabama River, you can make it too' — tends toward the treacly. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Set in 1932 and inspired by the rich quilting history of Gee's Bend, Alabama,"Leaving Gee's Bend" is a delightful, satisfying story of a young girl facinga brave new world who records her adventures in quilt pieces. 5 1/2 x8 1/4.

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Irene Latham lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.

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aquacox, April 25, 2010 (view all comments by aquacox)
Leaving Gee's Bend is a fast moving story about a girl living in Alabama in the 1930's. In it, a young girl must be strong and make serious decisions. Her mother is dying and in her journey to get help, the main character finds herself breaking rules or questioning what she has been told. She faces many conflicts and obstacles. It is an interesting, well written book that brings history and culture alive. Along with and interesting read, this book would be great for classroom discussions surrounding prejudice, economic difficulties or decision-making, just to name a few possible topics.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399251795
Author:
Latham, Irene
Publisher:
Putnam Publishing Group
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Alabama History 1819-1950.
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.40x5.80x1.00 in. .80 lbs.
Age Level:
10-10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Debut author Latham offers an accessible piece of historical fiction, drawn from the real-life quilting traditions of Gee's Bend, Ala. Ludelphia Bennett — a strong-willed 10-year-old living in the small sharecropping community in 1932 — may be blind in one eye, the result of a wood-chopping accident, but she both adores and excels at quilting. 'Mama always said you should live a life the same way you piece a quilt,' she says. 'That you was the one in charge of where you put the pieces. You was the one to decide how your story turns out.' When her mother falls ill, Ludelphia takes off for Camden to find medical help, while trying to avoid Mrs. Cobb, the widow of the sharecroppers' boss, who has become unstable after the deaths of her husband and niece. Latham offers numerous heart-stirring moments, though while her story is heartfelt, several characters feel lacking in depth and complexity. Ludelphia is a determined heroine, but her internal monologue — 'Mama, if this here needle can make it across the Alabama River, you can make it too' — tends toward the treacly. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Set in 1932 and inspired by the rich quilting history of Gee's Bend, Alabama,"Leaving Gee's Bend" is a delightful, satisfying story of a young girl facinga brave new world who records her adventures in quilt pieces. 5 1/2 x8 1/4.
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