Sudie is one of the books I recommend to all my friends and then loan out with trepidation. What if they don't give it back? This and Alice (also by Flanigan)are both out of print so my copies can't easily be replaced. Sudie is wonderful, first of all, because its voice is so southern, so trusting and so incredibly authentic. A friendship between a black man and a white child are the perfect contrast to the ugliness of prejudice & abuse. Flanigan is a courageous woman with a voice that needs to speak more often. I keep hoping that her long silence means she is taking her time with another great book. I'd love to hear from the author.
Thought provoking and good story
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 25 years ago
I feel this book should be required reading, not only in secondary school but in primary school as well. I feel that the current over-emphasis on what nationality One is eroding countries such as Canada and the United States. This book serves to remind us all that what nationality(ies) we are is far less important than common equality among us all. Sudie points out that just because we are different colours, it doesn't mean that one race is bad or good, God just made us different colours like the dirt of the earth. We are all the same and should treat others with respect as human beings, not as ethnic minorities. Sudie and Simpson are excellent examples of what I mean. They were friends because they needed each other's companionship and love. Sudie learns first-hand what 'ethnic' diversification can do, when she pretends to be black in another town, and hated the attitude towards her. She and her friends find tremendous satisfaction in taking down the one remaining sign that states 'niggers' were not to let the sun set on them in Linlow, in the end of the story. Sara Flanigan created a good story
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