One night Teddy witnesses a cross burning from her attic window. She knows about the frightening White Knights of Mississippi, but she never imagine that her father is one of them. With her best friend, a black girl named Stella, Teddy embraces the civil rights movement in direct opposition to her staunchly conservative father. Over a period of several years, Teddy's family is undermined by the insidious effects of racism as her father struggles to maintain the status quo, her mother begins to speak out, and Teddy grapples with irreconcilable truths.
|Edition description:||1 ED|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Mildred Barger Herschler, a native of West Virginia, was a reporter on one of her hometown daily newspapers before she attended Bethany College, majoring in journalism. She has lived on Long Island and in New York City, where she was the editor of a weekly magazine for marketing executives and a freelance writer for periodicals before moving to the South. Her poetry has appeared in The Crisis, she was a winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project in 1996 with her short story, Martin's Epiphany, and she was an artist-in-residence in October 1994 at the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the author of a children's biography of Frederick Douglass and an historical novel, The Walk Into Morning, which received critical acclaim, including a starred review from Kirkus, which called it "A stormy, yet keenly focused, dramatically potent first novel." She lives in a border community in the foothills of western North and South Carolina. The Darkest Corner is her first young adult novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Burning Cross In a small town in Mississippi, there seems to be something ¿fishy¿ going down, ever since the progress of the Civil Rights Movement soon after came the White Knights. Teddy is a young white girl who just happens to be best friends with two black kids, Stella and Tommy. Teddy¿s father, rather quickly demands that she stops interacting with black people, ¿point-blank¿! Teddy knew her father believed in ¿White Supremacy¿, but she now wonders if her father is an active member in the Klu Klux Klan (KKK), an organization of which only white people can join and are openly racist of blacks, and any other race besides white. Teddy rebels against her parents wishes and becomes involved in the Civil Rights Movement with the blacks, by doing protests, sit-ins, and marches. Theodora (Teddy for short) is a young white girl motivated to do the right things, and refuses to give up until things are fixed. Teddy, unlike her mother, speaks out when there is wrong doing. Theodora and her father are constantly fighting and arguing about White Supremacy, and about his friends who are members in the KKK and constantly pressures him to join. Theodora is a sensitive, non-judgmental of color but instead on personality, and truly genuine. Stella is Theodora¿s best friend, who is black, and she helps Teddy through the hard times and makes Theodora keep holding on strong. Stella is a good person and doesn¿t hold a grudge, and very supportive. Tommy is another black friend of Teddy, he makes Theodora stop and think about what she is doing, and Tommy is always trying to protect Theodora. Theodora¿s Mom and Dad are always bossing her around and making her feel as if she is not a member in the family, by wanting her to be the ¿perfect daughter¿ and makes her feel depressed and insecure. Lizzie is the family life long maid who is like a real guardian angel to Theodora. Lizzie comforts Theodora and gives great advice. The plot in THE DARKEST CORNER is like water, it flows nice and smooth. The characters can be viewed as real people. The style Mildred Barger Herschler use is a real life event. It gives you two different points of views on racism. This book makes readers realize how different people really are. I recommend this book to everyone, because no matter what race or religion or beliefs, this book, THE DARKEST CORNER, you can relate to in your life. It will cause you to think about what path you wan to live: one of love or one of hate.