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Publisher's Summary

In rural Mississippi in the 1930s, Cassie witnesses a black man address a white storekeeper by his first name - which leads to a confrontation.
©1987 Mildred D. Taylor, Max Ginsburg; (P)2008 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"A powerful story....Readers will be haunted by its drama and emotion." (Booklist)

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Meaning of friendship

John Wallace was taught a very valuable lesson from a most unlikely teacher. There is honor in a person whose "word" actually mean something; Wallace's word comes with a price.

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Not what we expected

Understandably an accurate depiction of the time, and an intriguing short story for adults or older children. The cover made i

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Heart Warming Read

Truly a heart warming short and brief read loved every word within the short novel can't wait to read the next novel in the series way to go Taylor

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Excellent Social/Moral Lesson for Students

If you could sum up The Friendship in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, realistic, historic

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Friendship?

The image of Tom Bee pulling himself down the road with his gunshot wound.

What about Allyson Johnson’s performance did you like?

Her linguistic variations made it easier for the students to grasp the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. When John Wallace stood in the store doorway with the shotgun.

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  • Frances
  • Upper Montclair, NJ, United States
  • 01-04-09

love her stories

Mildred Taylor's stories are simply told, but do not spare either the young or old the complexities or deep sorrow of this time period in the segregated south. Her plots are never trite or even predictable. The narrator does a terrific job.