Bethany Hegedus Between Us Baxters

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Between Us Baxters

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It's hard to be a "Black Sheep Baxter," at least for 12-year-old Polly. From a poor white family, Polly's best friend, Timbre Ann Biggs, is black, making them the only "salt-and-pepper" friends in town. But in that fall of 1959, life in quiet Holcolm County starts to heat up as one by one, thriving colored businesses burn to the ground. When someone throws a note wrapped around a brick through the window of Biggs Repair, Polly worries that Timber Ann will be blinded by the color of her skin and forget they were ever close. When a tragic fire brings everything to a head, the spotlight falls on Polly's family. Sensitively painting a vivid portrait of the Jim Crow South, Polly's inspiring story captures the defiant spirit of youth in an oppressive small town, just as the seeds of the Civil Rights Movement begin to sprout.

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It's hard to be a "Black Sheep Baxter," at least for 12-year-old Polly. From a poor white family, Polly's best friend, Timbre Ann Biggs, is black, making them the only "salt-and-pepper" friends in town. Her mom keeps secrets, her dad turns to the "devil's drink," and her rich, mean Meemaw makes Sunday dinners a chore. But in that fall of 1959, life in quiet Holcolm County starts to heat up. One by one, thriving colored businesses burn to the ground. When a tragic fire brings everything to a head, the spotlight falls on Polly's family and Polly fears her friendship with Timbre Ann will never be the same. Sensitively painting a vivid portrait of the Jim Crow South, Polly's story captures the defiant spirit of youth in an oppressive small town as the seeds of the Civil Rights Movement begin to sprout.

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Bethany Hegedus graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Augusta State University, with a major in English and a minor in education. In addition to performing in community and professional productions in the Augusta area, Bethany taught high school English and theatre. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College. Between Us Baxters is her first young adult novel.

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