by Lesa Cline-Ransome
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Pub Date 10 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 10 Jan 2023
For Lamb follows a family striving to better their lives in the late 1930s Jackson, Mississippi. Lamb’s mother is a hard-working, creative seamstress who cannot reveal she is a lesbian. Lamb’s brother has a brilliant mind and has even earned a college scholarship for a black college up north-- if only he could curb his impulsiveness and rebellious nature.
Lamb herself is a quiet and studious girl. She is also naive. As she tentatively accepts the friendly overtures of a white girl who loans her a book she loves, she sets a off a calamitous series of events that pulls in her mother, charming hustler uncle, estranged father, and brother, and ends in a lynching.
Told with nuance and subtlety, avoiding sensationalism and unnecessary brutality, this young adult novel from celebrated author Lesa Cline-Ransome pays homage to the female victims of white supremacy.
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
A Horn Book Fanfare Book
A Booklist Editors’ Choice
A CSMCL Best Multicultural Children’s Book of the Year
A BookPage Best Young Adult Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
" Vignettes from each character provide insights into their personal knowledge of insidious racism, with incidents of lynching linking generations within this family. The voices of the characters complement each other, and the movement through narrators creates space for the readers to breathe so that the tension that fills the book from the very first page doesn’t completely overwhelm.
An important and resolute depiction of the inhumanity of a still potent problem." - Kirkus Reviews