Darby: What Happens When You Tell the Truth, but No One Wants to Hear It?

Darby: What Happens When You Tell the Truth, but No One Wants to Hear It?

by Jonathon Scott Fuqua


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763622909
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/12/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 687,125
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.65(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jonathon Scott Fuqua is the author of THE REAPPEARANCE OF SAM WEBBER, an acclaimed debut that received an American Library Association’s 2000 Alex Award as the "best adult novel for young adults." The characters in DARBY are loosely based on a series of oral history interviews the author conducted in Marlboro County, South Carolina, over a three-year period. "In the end," he says of this novel, "I hope that the book does justice to good people born into troubling times, some of whom, in small ways, helped lay the foundation for change and justice." Jonathon Scott Fuqua teaches writing and art in Baltimore, Maryland, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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Hearing voices, I raised my eyes and saw Evette and her older brothers halfway down the dirt lane to their house. I got up and met them. "Hey, Joebean and Lucius," I told them.

"Hey Darby," they said.

Evette pointed at the notebook I had. "You got another story writ up?"

Nodding, I said, "You wanna edit it?"

"Long as my name gets in the paper."

"It's gonna," I promised.

"I sat outside while Evette changed into her play clothes. Then we went through the field and into the woods. Sitting down on top of a log, she read what I'd done. She read it agai, and lifting her face real slow, she gave me a look. "Is it okay?" I asked.

"Just needs some smoothing out. This one's done more professional than the last." She smiled at me.

"Do you think it's good?"

"I do," she told me, taking my pencil and marking my newspaper article in what seemed like a hundred different spots. She saw me watching, and said, "It ain't nothing."

DARBY by Jonathon Scott Fuqua. Copyright (c) 2002 by Jonathon Scott Fuqua. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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