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Beyond Mayfield
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam's, [1999]

Physical Description:
138 pages ; 22 cm
In 1961 the children of Mayfield are concerned with air-raid drills and fallout shelters, but the civil rights movement becomes real when a neighbor joins the Freedom Riders.
Reading Level:
690 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 4.0 31563.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.9 5 Quiz: 18820.
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Meg's having problems at school, not just with a classmate who torments her but also with a fourth-grade substitute teacher who treats her differently because she's the only Negro in class and even suspects her of stealing a silver pencil. It's a relief for Meg to get home to her family and friends in Mayfield Crossing where no one thinks much about skin color. But these are the Sixties, and down South civil rights workers are encountering hatred and even violence. When Lucky, the brother of Meg's friend Dillon, comes home from the Navy and decides to go South to fight racism, the world beyond Mayfield becomes tragically real to Meg and her friends.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-The kids of Mayfield Crossing (Putnam, 1993) return in this story set in the early `60s in a small Pennsylvania town. While the characters may fall more easily into place for those who have read the first book, and frequent references are made to events that took place in it, this sequel does hold up on its own. Meg and her friends are still bused from their idyllic, integrated town to a school in which the black children are not readily accepted by their classmates or by all of their teachers. Mrs. Davis has preconceived notions about Meg, the only black child in her class, that are both unjust and disturbing. While her situation at school is cause for worry, it pales in comparison to what's going on in Mayfield Crossing. Sam Wood has returned from the Navy and decided to join the Freedom Riders in their efforts to register black voters. It is difficult for the children to comprehend events in the turbulent South, and the issues are not clearly explained here. Meg and her friends are more concerned about the threat of bombs from Russia; even Sam's death, and the decision of the town hermit to take up where Sam left off, does not shed enough light on this historical period for young readers. The easy camaraderie among these youngsters and their realistic reactions to the events around them are appealing; adults will need to fill in the facts to make this story really come to life.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.