Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Mayfield Crossing

Mayfield Crossing

Mayfield Crossing

Penguin Putnam, 1993

It’s 1960, and the children of Mayfield Crossing are excited about going to bigger and newer Parkview School, especially since they’ll have a real baseball field. But while the close-knit neighborhood of Mayfield never paid attention to whether you were black or white, at Parkview things are different. Nine-year-old Meg Turner experiences racism for the first time and begins to empathize with another victim of prejudice, Old Hairy, the town eccentric. Drawing on her own small-town Pennsylvania childhood, the author explores the theme of being different and demonstrates the importance of family and the power of non-violent resolutions. Winner of the Georgia Children’s Book Award.

Awards & Accolades

  • Georgia Children’s Book Award.

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