Spring 2010 Kids' Next List
“Leaving Gee's Bend' is a fascinating story about Ludelphia Bennett, a 10-year-old daughter of a sharecropper set in 1930s Gee's Bend, Alabama. A great choice for middle readers, Leaving Gee's Bend will leave you cheering for young Ludelphia, and loving everything she loves about family, life, and the courage to persevere.”
— Linda Brown, Milestone Books, Inc., Vestavia Hills, AL
Ludelphia Bennett may be blind in one eye, but that doesn't mean she can't put in a good stitch. In fact, Ludelphia sews all the time, especially when things are going wrong. But when Mama gets deathly ill, it doesn't seem like even quilting will help. Mama needs medicine badly--medicine that can only be found in Camden, over forty miles away. That's when Ludelphia decides to do something drastic--leave Gee's Bend. Beyond the cotton fields of her small sharecropping community, Ludelphia discovers a world she never imagined, but there's also danger lurking for a young girl on her own. Set in 1932 and inspired by the rich quilting traditions of Gee's Bend, Alabama, Leaving Gee's Bend is a delightful story of a young girl facing a brave new world, presented in a new paperback edition.