Grades 3 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 3.9
Lexile® Measure: 720L
Guided Reading: P
- Historical Fiction
- Social Studies
- Character and Values
- African American
- World History
- Friends and Friendship
About This Book""In Amerikay," Maggie's da has told her, "we will start anew.""
It's 1898, and Maggie McCrary and her family have just crossed
the ocean to settle in New Orleans. America is the answer to
her father's dream of books and proper learning. For her
mother, it offers the chance to buy land. But living in a
crowded tenement watching her neighbors work hard all day,
Maggie isn't sure she likes Amerikay. Then Maggie discovers
kinship in Nathan, an African American boy, and hope in the
ragtime music he plays - music that seems to shout: "Free! Free!"
"I choose who I will be!"
Striking illustrations pull readers into the rich mix of people
that make up New Orleans in the 1890s and into the story of
one young girl's quest to find her own place in America.