Shade of Shameby Gail Martin
Five-year-old Mary Jane is one of hundreds of orphaned children at the New York Children's Mission. When her wish for the possibility of a new family is finally granted with her spot on the orphan train bound for Missouri, Mary Jane is ecstatic. By the time the train reaches its last stop, Mary Jane has yet to be adopted. She has no idea what a mulatto is, but from the tone of voice of those asking if she's mulatto, she knows it's bad.
Mary Jane has all but given up hope of finding a family when Sarah O'Brien, who recently lost her own young daughter, spots her and knows she must give this girl a home. Sarah's husband, however, has other plans. In a fit of rage one evening, he strangles poor Mary Jane to death, or so he thinks. Luckily for Mary Jane, she passed out early on in the attack and comes to in the shallow grave Mr. O'Brien hastily dug for her.
After clawing her way out of the grave, Mary Jane runs for her life and comes upon the slave quarters of Cedar Bow plantation. Granny Mae cares for Mary Jane as if she were her own. When Mary Jane is introduced to the white family living on the plantation, the Martins, they too fall in love with her. But in the back of her mind, Mary Jane can't help but wonder whom she best fits in with.
Travel along with identity-stricken Mary Jane as she struggles to overcome the boundaries set by others and her own Shade of Shame.
- Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
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