Leaving Gee's Bend

by Latham, Irene.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Fiction Collection j FICTION Latham
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Children's Fiction Collection
Call Number  j FICTION Latham
Dormont Public Library Juvenile Fiction J LATH
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J LATH
Ludelphia Bennett may be blind in one eye, but she can still put in a good stitch. Ludelphia sews all the time, especially when things go wrong.

But when Mama goes into labor early and gets deathly ill, it seems like even quilting won't help. That's when Ludelphia decides to do something drastic'leave Gee's Bend for the very first time. Mama needs medicine that can only be found miles away in Camden. But that doesn't stop Ludelphia. She just puts one foot in front of the other.

What ensues is a wonderful, riveting and sometimes dangerous adventure. Ludelphia weathers each challenge in a way that would make her mother proud, and ends up saving the day for her entire town.

Set in 1932 and inspired by the rich quilting history of Gee's Bend, Alabama, Leaving Gee's Bend is a delightful, satisfying story of a young girl facing a brave new world.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In Gee's Bend, Alabama in 1932, 10-year-old Ludelphia's mother nearly dies giving birth. Ludelphia takes off downriver to find a doctor in the town of Camden, 40 miles away, and in her first journey away from her tiny village, she encounters white people for the first time. The hardship of African American sharecropper families is always present in this stirring historical debut, and so is the rich sense of community in rough times, although that community does include sometimes malicious local gossip. Inspired by her mama, Ludelphia stitches together a quilt that tells her story, and that intricate process of quilt making sometimes becomes a too-heavy metaphor. Still, Ludelphia's voice is authentic and memorable, and Latham captures the tension of her dangerous journey and the racism she encounters when a white, mentally disturbed landowner's widow takes everything from the sharecroppers as repayment for their debt. In a final note, Latham talks about the history of Gee's Bend and its rich quilting traditions.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Debut author Latham offers an accessible piece of historical fiction, drawn from the real-life quilting traditions of Gee's Bend, Ala. Ludelphia Bennett-a strong-willed 10-year-old living in the small sharecropping community in 1932-may be blind in one eye, the result of a wood-chopping accident, but she both adores and excels at quilting. "Mama always said you should live a life the same way you piece a quilt," she says. "That you was the one in charge of where you put the pieces. You was the one to decide how your story turns out." When her mother falls ill, Ludelphia takes off for Camden to find medical help, while trying to avoid Mrs. Cobb, the widow of the sharecroppers' boss, who has become unstable after the deaths of her husband and niece. Latham offers numerous heart-stirring moments, though while her story is heartfelt, several characters feel lacking in depth and complexity. Ludelphia is a determined heroine, but her internal monologue-"Mama, if this here needle can make it across the Alabama River, you can make it too"-tends toward the treacly. Ages 10-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Quilting -- Juvenile fiction.
Quilts -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Quilting -- Fiction.
Quilts -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Alabama -- History -- 1819-1950 -- Juvenile fiction.
Alabama -- History -- 1819-1950 -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :G. P. Putnam's Sons,2010
Language English
Description 230 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 226-227).
ISBN 9780399251795
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