Unstoppable Octobia May

by Sharon G. Flake

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    • Grades: 4 - 7
    • Ages: 9 - 12
    • Format: Paperback Book
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Octobia May is a wise soul, but she's full of questions—about manners, and strangers, and race, and vampires.

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Award-winning author Sharon G. Flake delivers a mystery set in the 1950s that eerily blends history, race, culture, and family.

Octobia May is a girl filled with questions. Her heart condition makes her special—and, some would argue, gives this ten-year-old powers that make her wise beyond her years. Thank goodness for Auntie, who convinces Octobia's parents to let the girl live in her boarding house filled with old folks. That's when trouble and excitement and wonder begin.

Auntie is non-traditional. She's unmarried and has plans to purchase other boarding homes and hotels. At a time when children—especially girls—are to be "seen, not heard," Auntie allows Octobia May the freedom and expression of an adult.

When Octobia starts to question the people in her world, adventure and mystery unfold, raising some troubling questions: Who is black and who is "passing" for white? What happens when a vibrant African American community must face its own racism?

And, perhaps most important: Do vampires really exist?

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Product Details

    • Grades: 4 - 7
    • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-79601-9