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An unforgettable novel, based on a true story, about racism against Italian Americans in the South in 1899.

Fourteen-year-old Calogero, his uncles, and his cousins are six Sicilians living in the small town of Tallulah, Louisiana, miles from any of their countrymen. They grow vegetables and sell them at their stand and in their grocery store.

Some people welcome the immigrants; most do not. Calogero's family is caught in the middle of tensions between the black and white communities. As Calogero struggles to adapt to Tallulah, he is startled and thrilled by the danger of midnight gator hunts in the bayou and by his powerful feelings for Patricia, a sharp-witted, sweet-natured black girl. Meanwhile, every day, and every misunderstanding between the white community and the Sicilians, bring Calogero and his family closer to a terrifying, violent confrontation.

In this affecting and unforgettable novel, Donna Jo Napoli's inspired research and spare, beautiful language take the classic immigrant story to new levels of emotion and searing truth. Alligator Bayou tells a story that all Americans should know.

Synopsis:

It's 1899, and to a 14-year-old Sicilian immigrant, Louisiana is a lush world full of hidden rules and tension between the Negro and white communities. He's thrilled by a 'gator hunt in the bayou, and by his powerful feelings for a sweet Negro girl.

Synopsis:

Fourteen-year-old Calogero Scalise and his Sicilian uncles and cousin live in small-town Louisiana in 1898, when Jim Crow laws rule and anti-immigration sentiment is strong, so despite his attempts to be polite and to follow American customs, disaster dogs his family at every turn.

About the Author

Donna Jo Napoli is the author of many distinguished books for young readers, among them The Great God Pan, Daughter of Venice, Crazy Jack, The Magic Circle, Zel, Sirena, Breath, Bound, Stones in Water, Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale, and, most recently for Wendy Lamb Books, The King of Mulberry Street. She has a BA in mathematics and a PhD in Romance linguistics from Harvard University and has taught widely at major universities in America and abroad. She has five children and one grandson and lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where she is a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College.

You can visit her on the Web at www.donnajonapoli.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375897214
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : People & Places - United States - African
Author:
Napoli, Donna Jo
Author:
Donna Jo, Napoli
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-General
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100511
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

Related Subjects

Children's » General
Children's » Historical Fiction » United States » 19th Century
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Emigration and Immigration
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Prejudice and Racism

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Product details 288 pages Random House Children's Books - English 9780375897214 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , It's 1899, and to a 14-year-old Sicilian immigrant, Louisiana is a lush world full of hidden rules and tension between the Negro and white communities. He's thrilled by a 'gator hunt in the bayou, and by his powerful feelings for a sweet Negro girl.
"Synopsis" by , Fourteen-year-old Calogero Scalise and his Sicilian uncles and cousin live in small-town Louisiana in 1898, when Jim Crow laws rule and anti-immigration sentiment is strong, so despite his attempts to be polite and to follow American customs, disaster dogs his family at every turn.
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