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Sebestyen, Ouida.
WORDS BY HEART
New York : Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1997.
IL 5-8, RL 5.3
ISBN 044041346X
Have you ever entered a contest that you just absolutely had to win?  Thatís how Lena felt when she entered the Bible-quoting contest.  Lena Sills was the beloved daughter of the only African-American family in Bethel Springs.  When news spread about the contest being held at the local white church, Papa Sills quickly loaded up his wife and kids and headed toward town.  The sequences of events that follow are the result of racism and evil.  Lena soon finds herself and her family in danger and learns the hard way about murder and deception.  Will Lena act upon the vengeance raging inside her, or will she recall her fatherís words by heart and forgive?  Experience this gripping story of hatred and tragedy in Words by Heart by Ouida Sebestyen.  (Teresa Reid.  teereid97@mindspring.com)
SUBJECTS:     Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Race relations -- Fiction.

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