2014 Michigan Notable Book
2014 Midwest Book Award - Winner in the category of Children's Fiction
2014 Honor Book - The Paterson Prize for Books for Young People

The Colored Car

In the hot summer of 1937, twelve-year-old Patsy Ford takes care of her three younger sisters and helps her mother put up fresh fruits and vegetables in the family's summer kitchen, adjacent to the wood yard that her father, Douglas Ford, owns. Times are tough, and Patsy's mother, May Ford, helps neighborhood families by sharing the food that she preserves. But May's decision to take a break from canning to take her daughters for a visit to their grandmother's home in Clarksville, Tennessee, sets in motion a series of events that prove to be life-changing for Patsy.

For ages 8 to 12.

"The Colored Car is an emotional and compelling look at how the joys of daily life and the legacy of slavery affected children of the 1930s. We are in Patsy's kitchen when she helps with daily chores in the 1930s, we're in her train car to witness her horror and indignation at segregation, and we are in her heart when she works at letting go of the anger."

— Ruth McNally Barshaw, author and illustrator of The Ellie McDoodle Diaries

Upcoming Events:

Author Appearance: Leon & Lulu's Annual Fall Books & Authors Event
October 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Leon & Lulu's, 96 W. 14 Mile Road, Clawson, MI

Author Appearance: Jean Alicia Elster presents at The Jobs Club
November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Unity of Royal Oak, 2500 Crooks Road, Royal Oak, MI

Author Appearance: The Merry Mitten Holiday at Pages Bookshop
November 11, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pages Bookshop, 19560 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI

Author Appearance: Orion Township Public Library's Local Author Fair
December 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Orion Township Public Library, 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI

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