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The Wonder of Charlie Anne

By: Kimberly Netwon Fusco


After Charlie Anne’s mother dies, her cousin Mirabel comes to take care of Charlie Anne and her siblings, but Mirabel lacks compassion and doesn’t know how to show love.  Then when the Depression hits hard, Charlie Anne’s father leaves the farm to build roads to earn money.  Now Charlie Anne is forced to learn manners from Mirabel, but Charlie Anne soon learns Mirabel doesn’t mean for those manners to include being nice to African Americans. When Phoebe, a young African American girl, moves to town and becomes friends with Charlie Anne, Mirabel is just down right rude to her. In a strange turn of events, Charlie Anne and Phoebe prove to Mirabel and the townspeople that doing what is right is always the mannerly thing to do.



Prepared by Susan Geye, Director of Library Services, Everman ISD