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The Red Rose Box

The Red Rose Box

by Brenda Woods
The Red Rose Box

The Red Rose Box

by Brenda Woods


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On her tenth birthday, Leah receives a surprise gift from glamorous Aunt Olivia, Mama's only sister, who lives in Los Angeles.  It is a red rose box.  Not many people in 1958 Louisiana have seen such a beautiful traveling case, covered with red roses, filled with jewelry, silk bedclothes, expensive soaps...and train tickets to California.  Soon after, Leah and her sister, Ruth, find themselves in Hollywood, far away from cotton fields and Jim Crow laws.  To Leah, California feels like freedom.  But when disaster strikes back home, Leah and Ruth have to stay with Aunt Olivia permanently.  Will freedom ever feel like home?

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ISBN-13: 9780142501511
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 12/29/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 459,661
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Brenda Woods was born in Ohio, grew up in Southern California, and attended California State University, Northridge. Her award-winning books for young readers include The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond (a CCBC choice and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book); the Coretta Scott King Honor winner The Red Rose Box; the ALAN Pick Saint Louis Armstrong Beach; and VOYA Top Shelf Fiction selection Emako Blue. Woods’s numerous awards and honors include the Judy Lopez Memorial Book Award, the FOCAL International Award, and the ILA Children’s Choice Young Adult Fiction Award. She lives in the Los Angeles area. To learn more, visit

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"A timeless universal tale of young girl's road to maturity. An impressive debut." -Kirkus Reviews

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