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Dudley, David L.
New York : Clarion Books, 2005
IL 5-8, RL 6.1
ISBN 0618542337
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The year is 1927 and life in rural Georgia is pretty hard.  For 12-year-old Carrisa, life revolves around her widowed mama, and her grandmother who lives with them.  She is hassled by the kids at school and has very few friends.  But then Bailey arrives on the scene.  Bailey is an elderly drifter who arrives on his shiny blue bicycle.  He offers to help out around the house in exchanged for some food and being allowed to sleep in the shed.  Carrisa's mother is very suspicious of the stranger but Bailey eventually proves himself loyal during a crisis.  But who is this drifter?  What secrets is he hiding?  Can he really be trusted?
SUBJECTS:     Country life -- Georgia -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Single-parent families -- Fiction.
                        Georgia -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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