Ludelphia Bennett’s life is full of chores and quilting and love with her family in Gee's Bend, Alabama, but then her mama falls ill. There isn't anyone who can help her, but Ludelphia isn't about to sit around and not do anything for her mama, so she sets out to leave Gee's Bend for the first time in her life to find a doctor to help her. As she gets farther and farther away from home, chronicling her journey with her quilt pieces, Ludelphia will learn an important lesson about love, courage, and helping others.
Irene Latham's debut novel is truly one that anyone of any age can enjoy. It's a quick, entertaining read and Ludelphia's voice is so genuine, compelling, and full of spunk, you can practically hear her words aloud. The rich historical details in Leaving Gee's Bend make the book stand out, from the fascinating stories of the residents' ancestry, the actual Red Cross drops during that time, to the beautiful and unique quilting traditions in Gee's Bend. Latham does such a wonderful job at conveying the struggles and resilience of the people of Gee's Bend, making this book a great one to teach to kids and an entertaining and educational one for older readers as well. I can't wait to see what she'll write next!
Cover Comments: I adore this cover! The colors are wonderful, and I love the quilt-like border separating the title section and the cover art; it really does resemble the quilts of Gee's Bend. And the way the cover model is lifting her foot and not just standing is so fitting--she's really leaving!
ARC received from Putnam.
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