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A Blessing in Disguise
     

A Blessing in Disguise

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by Eleamora E. Tate, Eleanora E. Tate
 

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Life in itsy bitsy countrified do-nothing Deacon's Neck is plain boring to 12-year-old Zambia Brown. Living with Aunt Limo, Uncle Lamar, and nerdy cousin Aretha is all church, chores, and chump change. But when Zambia's father, Vernon (Snake) LaRange, opens a hot new nightclub down the road, things get more interesting. The neighborhood is up in arms, but Zambia has

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Life in itsy bitsy countrified do-nothing Deacon's Neck is plain boring to 12-year-old Zambia Brown. Living with Aunt Limo, Uncle Lamar, and nerdy cousin Aretha is all church, chores, and chump change. But when Zambia's father, Vernon (Snake) LaRange, opens a hot new nightclub down the road, things get more interesting. The neighborhood is up in arms, but Zambia has visions of living large now that Snake is nearby. He's got fine cars, flashy jewelry, and loads of cash. And no matter what her aunt and uncle say, Snake must want Zambia in his life, too...right?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"The witty and sassyand sadly innocentvoice of narrator Zambia Brown instantly grabs readers' attention," said PW of the concluding volume of the trilogy begun in The Secret of Gumbo Grove and Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Ages 8-12. (June)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Zambia Brown, 12, is black and lives in Deacon's Neck, SC, with her aunt and uncle. She thinks her father, Snake, who is involved in a number of criminal activities, and her two older half sisters are exciting, and would love to live with them. She thinks the town is dull; she thinks her uncle and aunt are dull. To gain acceptance from her neglectful father, who is practically a stranger to her, she would do anything he asks. When given a choice, she opts to live with him, and he disappoints and humiliates her. Along the way, Zambia learns some valuable lessons about responsibility and caring, about loyalty and honesty. In the end, she learns to appreciate her uncle and her aunt and to recognize that a community has to be protected from those who would destroy it, no matter who the would-be destroyers are. This is a timely book that speaks to the subject of drugs and crime in a rural Southern town, and a valuable addition to most collections.-Carol Jones Collins, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ
Sheilamae O'Hara
Zambia has lived with her aunt, uncle, and cousin Aretha since she was four, when her mentally ill mother was hospitalized. They are kind and hardworking but appear unbearably boring to Zambia, who compares then to her father, Snake LaRange, and her twin half-sisters, Seritta and Meritta. When Snake opens a nightclub on the block where Zambia lives, she is beside herself with pride and excitement and dreams of going to live with him. She defends him against charges that he is involved in many kinds of vice, but even she is dismayed by the noise, trash, and inconsiderate people who patronize the club. When Seritta is killed and Zambia is shot by a disgruntled drug buyer, she begins to realize that she was close to trading brass for gold. The characters are one dimensional, the ending is predictable, and the message is unnecessarily explicit. But the plot moves along and communicates a nice sense of place and the tawdry glamour that surrounds the lawless.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385321037
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Blessing in Disguise 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in the fifth grade and I fell in love with it. The main character, Zambia reminds me of myself in many ways. I recommend this book to all girls who like to read about about real life issues.