“In Amerikay,” Maggie's da has told her, “we will start anew.”
It's 1898, and Maggie McCrary and her family have just crossed the ocean to settle in New Orleans. America is the answer to her father's dream of books and proper learning. For her mother, it offers the chance to buy land. But living in a crowded tenement watching her neighbors work hard all day, Maggie isn't sure she likes Amerikay. Then Maggie discovers kinship in Nathan, an African American boy, and hope in the ragtime music he plays – music that seems to shout: Free! Free! I choose who I will be!
Striking illustrations pull readers into the rich mix of people that make up New Orleans in the 1890s and into the story of one young girl's quest to find her own place in America.
|Lexile ® Measure||720L|
|Product Type||Hardcover Books|
|Primary Contributor||Barbara Timberlake Russell and Jim Burke|
|Age Groups||Ages 4 to 6, Ages 7 to 9|