The Laura Line

by Allen, Crystal,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
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Summary

A touching and funny story of one girl's journey to discover where she came from and the unlimited possibilities of who she can become, from Crystal Allen, the acclaimed author of How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy and The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown.

Laura Dyson wants two things in life: to be accepted by her classmates and to be noticed by ultracute baseball star Troy Bailey. But everyone at school teases her for being overweight, and Troy won't give her a second glance. Until one day, their history teacher announces a field trip to the run-down slave shack on her grandmother's property. Heck to the power of no way!

Her grandmother insists that it's more than just an old shack; it's a monument to the strong women in their family--the Laura Line. But Laura knows better: her classmates will never accept her once they see the shack. So she comes up with the perfect plan to get the trip canceled . . . but when a careless mistake puts the shack--and the Laura Line--in jeopardy, Laura must decide what's truly important to her. Can Laura figure out how to get what she wants at school while also honoring her family's past?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Does Laura want to stay with her grandmother while her parents are away for two weeks doing their army training? Heck to the no. She is already called Fat Larda at school, and she knows that if the other kids find out that there is a slave shack on her grandmother's property, the teasing quotient will shoot sky-high. The situation, however, starts turning out better than expected. Her father makes space for her to practice her already fine pitching, and she turns her grandmother into a baseball fan. Laura's hunky-chunky crush, Troy, even becomes her pitching protege. But when her history teacher decides the class should visit the slave shack, Laura is freaked. Then she begins learning about the Laura Line, the women in her family going back to slavery, and what was once something to hide is now a place of pride. To fit into the two-week time frame, the plotting is predictable and at times overstuffed. Still, Laura's sassy voice and her willingness to bend instead of break will appeal to readers, and perhaps show them a different way of dealing.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Self-perception -- Juvenile fiction.
Popularity -- Juvenile fiction.
Grandmothers -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Overweight persons -- Juvenile fiction.
Slavery -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Self-perception -- Fiction.
Popularity -- Fiction.
Grandmothers -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Overweight persons -- Fiction.
Slavery -- Fiction.
Texas -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Balzer + Bray,2013
Edition 1st ed.
Audience Ages 8-12.
Language English
Description 328 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780061992742 (hardcover bdg.)
0061992747 (hardcover bdg.)
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