First there was Roots, then, The Secret Life of Bees and then, The Help.Now there’s Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal.
Dollbaby is a novel set in New Orleans during the Civil Rights Era. Liberty Bell, an almost twelve year old girl from Washington State, is dropped off in front of the New Orleans mansion owned by a grandmother she never knew she had. Her mother “needs some space” after the accidental death of Ibby’s father. Fannie, Ibby’s grandmother, is eccentric, to say the least, and the house is full of secrets—secrets no one is allowed to talk about--says Queenie, Fannie’s black cook. Year after year, Ibby waits for her mother to come back for her and, year after year, the secrets are uncovered. How Ibby learns about race, the civil disobedience that brings out the worst in the white supremacists and the real meaning of family make a plot that keeps you glued to your seat. Dollbaby—you’ll find it at Otto’s, a booklover’s paradise in the heart of downtown Williamsport.
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