It’s 1959 in Benevolence, Florida, and life is as sweet as a Valencia orange for 15-year-old Dove Alderman. Whether she’s sipping cherry Cokes with her girlfriends and listening to the Everly Brothers, eating key lime pie made by her housekeeper, Delia, or cruising around town with the coolest boy in school in his silver-blue T-bird convertible, Dove’s days are as smooth and warm as the soft sand in her father’s orange groves.
But there’s trouble brewing among the local migrant workers. Mysterious fires have broken out, and rumors are spreading that disgruntled pickers are to blame. Suddenly, black and white become a muddy shade of gray, and whispers of the KKK drift through the Southern air like sighs. The Klan could never exist in a place like Benevolence, Dove tells herself. Or could it?
“I can’t remember a time when books and reading weren’t a part of my life. My mother used to read to me every night before I went to bed. I still read every night.”—Joyce McDonaldShades of Simon Gray by Joyce… More about Joyce McDonald
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Published by Laurel Leaf Dec 18, 2007| 272 Pages| Young Adult| ISBN 9780307433299