The heat is sweltering. The crops are ripening.
And everything is about to burn.
Thirteen-year-old Maggie Pugh has lived in Kinship, Georgia, all her life. In all that time, almost nothing has changed. If you are poor, you live on the west side of town. If you are rich, you live on the hill.
If you are white, you sit at the counter at Byer’s drugs…
…If you are black, you eat outside.
That’s just the way things are. Maggie’s never given it much thought.
Then it happens. Something horrible. And Maggie’s world explodes.
Who can she tell? Who would care?
Black lives don’t matter in Georgia, 1961.
A camera gifted to her by the most unlikely of friends changes everything Maggie thought she knew about the world. With every snapshot taken, the ugly truth about Kinship is uncovered.
Can she withstand the spite she will face if she stands witness for the truth?
Originally published 25 years ago, Spite Fences is a literary classic that addresses issues still embedded in our society today. In this heartbreaking tale, Trudy Krisher pens a gripping account of how the voice of one girl can overcome any fence of hatred, privilege, and racism.
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