by Kimberly Newton Fusco
* * * * Stars (Great!)
Life changes when the neighbor, Mr Jolly takes a new wife, Rosalyn. She is very different from the local women and even dresses in brightly colored pants. She also has an African American girl, Phoebe with her. Charlie Anne becomes friends with Phoebe and soon learns that racial prejudice is rife both throughout the town and at home.
Despite the tough times and hardship there is also much humor and Charlie Anne’s personality is totally engaging. She faces the unfairness of life and finds ways to change things for the better. A very enjoyable read especially for those who like historical fiction and learning about the way people used to live.