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Remember As You Pass Me By
L. King Perez
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?
"Remember As You Pass Me By" has themes which resonate far beyond
East Texas and the turmoil between races provoked by "Brown
vs. the Board of Education." This is a story of how
relationships stressed in the face of change can transcend
or fail, often at the same time. How faith can be restored
amid confusion, and love endures for better or worse. How
families shape and make us who we are and friendships often
define us. This is all told with a straight, matter-of-fact
sense of humor and narrative so real you can smell the
baloney frying in the pan.
“This story gripped my childhood memories and held them captive to
the very end. I was told this is a story for youngsters, yet
I believe every adult will benefit from reading it.”
Indian in the Cupboard Study
Omri receives several conventional gifts for his ninth birthday,
longed-for skateboard. However, two gifts you would expect to be of
interest to a young boy prove to be magical and exciting. Suitable for
primary aged students this study guide has learning outcomes in key
areas such as English, Art and Society and Environment.
Make a book for Grandpa
Help your child make a book
about Grandpa (or another older friend or relative). When it’s finished it will make a great gift to give to Grandpa.