WOW--this book blew me away--I was there in 1950, for two days (thats how long it took me to read this), i was there--this author is one of my favorites with Out Of The Night That Covers Me, and now this book. It is polio season and so pools and theaters are closed, kids made their own fun and blacks were still a bit seperated from whites. Pat Cunningham Devoto took me into this beautiful neighborhood, introduced me to lovely families on the block and then proceded to let me live their life with them. Tab is young and plays with Maudie, life is good except for the polio scare and the precautions that have to be taken. Ms. Devoto, had me engrossed, hanging on the edge of my chair, laughing out loud and sobbing uncontrobably, i was so involved in this read. it just sucks you in. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Today it is over and i wanna go back.
Very good book (as are all so far by this author). Deals with the childhood of a young girl during the time when polio was striking young and old alike. A very warm and sometimes funny story about Tab and her friend Maudie Mae who hails from the other side of the tracks.
In an Alabama town in the early 1950s during the last polio summer before the Salk Vaccine, ten-year-old Tabitha "Tab" Rutland is about to have tie time of her life. Although movie theaters and pools have been closed to stem the epidemic, Tab, a tomboy with a passion for Roy Rogers, still seeks adventure with her best friend Maudie May "the lightest brown colored person" she knows. Now as they meddle with the local bootlegger, Mr. Jake, row out on the Tennessee River to land the biggest catfish ever, and snoop into the town's darkest secrets, Tab sets out to be a hero...and comes of age in an unforgettable confrontation with human frailty, racial injustice, and the healing power of love.