In 1963, the black school that Kizzy Ann Stamps attended closed down and the students were integrated into the white school that was a little farther away. Kizzy Ann's new teacher sent her a letter over the summer, so Kizzy Ann wrote back. The story is told through the letters that Kizzy Ann wrote to her teacher over the summer and then the journal entries that she writes during the school year to share her story, about integration, about attending school with a scar from an accident, about having a dog as a best friend.
Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts (Lexile: 920; Interest Level: Grades 4-6) is a touching story about a girl who faces growing up in a time of serious social prejudices, which are made even more complicated by having a facial disfiguration. Kizzy Ann is brutally honest at times, and she sometimes seems to act much younger than her 12 years.
I have to admit that this was not one of my favorite books, as I have read other books about this time period that I like much better. However, I believe that readers who are interested in stories told as letters or journal entries, especially ones that help to explain important times in history (like the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s), may find this book to be a nice read. (192 pages)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.