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  • Jan 13, 2000
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I bought the whole series for my eleven year-old neice. I thought this would be a nice departure from the Babysitter Club since it features African American little girls. I happened to bring the book into the hairdresser by mistake and read the whole thing thoroughly enjoying. I was able to relive some of my childhood and my neice was exposed to the culture of the fifties in a Jim Crow south done lovingly and with care. I applaud Miss Belton for her insightful series.

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Grade 4-6. In this sequel to Ernestine and Amanda (S & S, 1996), two African-American girls on the brink of their 11th birthdays relate their parallel experiences of attending summer camp. Neither one is anxious to go, as each of them is in the midst of coping with upheaval within her family. As the book opens, Ernestine's father has lost his job and Amanda's parents are separating. As the story develops, these universal problems subtly segue into more specific racial issues. Those new to this series will gradually realize that the setting is one of an earlier time of segregated movie theaters and swimming pools. The camps the girls attend differ as markedly as the girls themselves. Ernestine goes to an "all black" facility where the emphasis is on achievement, the rules are many, and the food is unappealing. Camp Castle, mostly white and extremely affluent, offers a completely different experience for Amanda. There is no overt discussion of race, but prejudice is present. While it is not surprising that both girls return home wiser and more self-aware, the resolution of issues at home is not pat. Readers of all backgrounds will identify with Ernestine and Amanda, their family situations, their anxieties, and their maturation. Their experiences in the context of their racial awareness will also be universally enlightening.?Starr LaTronica, Four County Library System, Vestal, NY
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ISBN-10: 0689808453
ISBN-13: 978-0689808456
Author: Sandra Belton
Publisher: Aladdin

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