"Daughter--that's my name. Daughter McGuire--I'm eleven."
When Daughter McGuire, her mother, and her younger brothers, Satchel and Jerry Lee, move next door to her grandparents, she's faced with starting over in a new school, making new friends, and keeping clear of troublemakers like the Avengers. Life would also be easier if her father hadn't run off to Colorado. If her parents were together again, her mother's creepy friend Jim Signet wouldn't be hanging around.
But things pick up when Daughter and her classmates Connie and Anna discover Topknot Cave and start the Explorers Club. And at school Mrs. Jackson, Daughter's teacher, suggests an exciting family heritage project. The hitch is that some people think that Daughter's family heritage is too "mixed-up". According to her family tree she is African-Italian-Irish-Jewish-Russian-American. One of the Avengers calls her a "zebra", because one of her parents is black and the other is white. Daughter is so upset, she begins to wonder what she should call herself.
As her project comes together, Daughter learns more about her background and the story of the courageous woman whose name she carries. Little does Daughter McGuire know that her own courage will soon be tested in a way she had never dreamed of.
Sharon Dennis Wyeth wrote The World of Daughter McGuire because she wanted to issue a challenge. As she says, "Daughter McGuire's world is by no means perfect. Parents don't behave the way you want them to and there are cruel acts of bias. But there is also humor in this world and love aplenty in Daughter, Satch and Jerry Lee's not-so-typical, typical extended family. I want my readers to make connections in spite of external bias, to celebrate ourselves as individuals in a world where conscience counts more than color."
About Sharon Dennis Wyeth
“When I was a child, books were my refuge, and my favorite place to be was the public library. As an author for young readers, I am so happy to have come home to that world. What a privilege it is to maintain a connection with young people, while reconnecting with the child in myself.”—Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Sharon Dennis Wyeth’s book Something Beautiful was selected by the Children’s Book Council as a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. Her Always My Dad is a Reading Rainbow Selection.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sharon Dennis Wyeth brings a variety of experiences to her work as an author for young readers. She has been a family counselor, television writer, and actress, and is a cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College. Commended by Publishers Weekly for “her compassionate rendering of contemporary families,” she is the first recipient of the Stephen Crane Literary Award, awarded by the Newark Public Library.
Sharon Dennis Wyeth enjoys singing, hiking, cooking, and gardening.
AUTHOR FUN FACTS
Born: April 19 in Washington, D.C.
Previous jobs: Family counselor, actress, voice teacher, and television writer.
Inspiration for writing: “Remembrances of my own childhood; watching my own daughter grow up; my husband; the young people I meet in my travels; . . . my desire to share what I have learned and to pass on something beautiful.”
Favorite foods: Pasta, hot chocolate, corn on the cob
Favorite clothes to wear: Long dresses and big hats and sunglasses and huge earrings!
Favorite books: Books by Toni Morrison, Jane Austen, Walter Dean Myers, and Mary Pope Osborne
GINGER BROWN: TOO MANY HOUSES
“This easy chapter book will appeal to transitional readers and also provide reluctant readers with an alternative to lengthier novels.”—Booklist
ONCE ON THIS RIVER
“Wyeth’s passion for the period—and for prodigious research—is evident. . . . Impressive.”—Kirkus Reviews
“An uplifting story illustrated with strongly realistic paintings.”—The Horn Book Magazine