Mississippi Morning

By Ruth Vander Zee

Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers 2004

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The setting of this book is Mississippi in 1933, and the drama of racist cruelty and a white child's loss of innocence is elemental. A sad and poignant story about a period in American history, and on a more personal level, a son's disillusionment.

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Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

Distinguished books by authors and illustrators of African descent which promote an understanding and appreciation of the American dream (annually).

Golden Kite Award

Outstanding examples of text, illustration, fiction and nonfiction (four awards annually).

Newbery Medal

Most distinguished contribution to American literature for children (annually).

Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Outstanding work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher set in the New World.