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Remember as you pass me by
Pérez, L. King.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, 2007.
Physical Description:
184 pages ; 21 cm
In small-town Texas in the mid-1950s, twelve-year-old Silvy tries to make sense of her parent's financial problems, a Supreme Court ruling that will integrate her school, the prejudice of her family and friends, and her own behavior, which always seems to be wrong.
Reading Level:
710 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.2 5.0 123008.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 3.7 11 Quiz: 42426.

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Silvy's twelfth birthday is coming up and she wants to invite Mabelee, who's African American, to the party. However, Silvy's mother and grandmother object. Mabelee has her own friends, they tell her, and even though Silvy and Mabelee were best friends when they were little, that time has passed. Mabelee has new friends and no time for Silvy. They're busy painting the old school and raising money for schoolbooks, and Mabelee has started calling her Miss Silvy whenever they meet. Silvy's not alone for long, though. Glamorous Allie Rae moves to town with her mother, and she and Silvy like all the same things -- dying stories, riding trees, and talking dirty in disguise. Silvy thinks she's found a friend her mother and grandmother will like, but even Allie Rae has some tacky things to say about Mabelee and her friends, and Silvy's not sure who to side with. Things come to a head when the Supreme Court desegregates the schools, and Silvy's small Texas town is in an uproar. Where will Silvy stand?

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-In this story narrated in the protagonist's Texas drawl, readers will see the effects of a trying time in history through the eyes of a sympathetic white girl. When Silvy Lane, 12, goes to the post office, her friend Mabelee, who is black, waits outside. Silvy begins to question such practices when she is not allowed to invite her friend to her birthday party. At the same time, the girls' community goes through difficult changes leading up to and immediately following the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. As Silvy sees less and less of Mabelee, she starts to pal around with eccentric and crass Allie Rae. The two girls and another classmate strive for fun and a bit of normalcy as community tempers flair when a northern black man comes to help improve the still-segregated school for Hughes Springs blacks. The racial tension, which increases gradually from the very first page and culminates with a fiery disaster, coupled with serious financial concerns, force Silvy's family to consider leaving Texas. Pairing this story with Patricia McKissack's A Friendship for Today (Scholastic, 2007) could prompt an interesting discussion of this period. Despite occasional abrupt transitions from chapter to chapter, the story flows chronologically with enough drama to keep readers turning the pages.-Bethany A. Lafferty, Las Vegas-Clark County Library, NV (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.