A widowed grandmother ready to spread her wings. A 12-year-old granddaughter looking for a summertime adventure. Together, they are going to attempt the impossible.
In Charleston, South Carolina, the summer of 1964, Ida Trueluck moves into her son’s house after losing her beloved husband of 40 years. Living with her son’s family is quite an adjustment—her daughter-in-law is a bit uptight—and she’s trying to figure out who she is on her own.
Her saving grace is her 12-year-old granddaughter Trudy. Smart and feisty, Trudy and her best friend Vel—short for Velvet, who wears all pink and is a Nancy Drew wannabee—are trying to figure out what to do on their summer vacation. When a black boy named Paris saves Trudy from being crushed by a runaway Sunbeam Bread truck, they become friends.
Navigating a multi-racial friendship in 1964 is no easy thing, however. The racism they encounter inspires them on an audacious adventure: to take down the Confederate flag that flies atop the South Carolina State House. And they can’t do it without the help of Trudy’s grandmother, Ida.
If you like funny, heart-warming southern stories, you’ll love the unforgettable characters in this captivating novel about the courage friends and family inspire in each other and the risks and rewards of trying to make the world a better place.
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