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Ludell A National Book Award nominee in 1975 Ludell is the first book in a groundbreaking trilogy about a young African American girl growing up during the 1950s in a small Georgia town Ludell Wilson is a bookworm and burgeoning writer who adores her best friend Ruthie Mae her loving—but strict—grandmother and of course the new shoes and television her mom sent from New York But Ludell's grandmother has to wash floors to support them and Ruthie Mae's sister is a mother at sixteen Would life be different if she like her mother one day left to go to the big cityBrenda Wilkinson was born in 1946 in Moultrie Georgia Her works have been awarded the New York Times Book Review Outstanding Children's Book of the Year and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and she has been both a nominee for the National Book Award and the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

  • Paperback
  • 228 pages
  • Ludell
  • Brenda Wilkinson
  • English
  • 07 January 2016
  • 9781939601162

10 thoughts on “Ludell

  1. Ms. Yingling Ms. Yingling says:

    Ludell lives in rural Georgia with her grandmother whom she calls mama since her own mother left her as a baby to pursue jobs in New York City Mama works very hard to provide for the two of them but keeps a very clean house herself and makes sure that Ludell does well in school Their community is very close knit and help each other out Ludell and her friend Ruthie Mae are in school together and spend much of their time thinking about food from the hot dogs the teachers take turns selling at lunch to the snacks Ruthie Mae gets on credit for a short bu glorious time before her credit is cut off The two girls also are enthralled by blue jeans and want some to wear to school even though they think their sour teacher won't approve Ludell wishes that her mother would come to visit but is just as thrilled when she sends a television set even if it is broken and it takes a long time to settle the insurance claim and get a new one Ludell who suffers from asthma knows that there are discrepancies between how the white citizens live and the conditions that the black community labors under but tries not to let those conditions get in the way of her learning and enjoyment of life Strengths This gave an interesting look at life in Georgia right as the Civil Rights movement is heating up I'm less than wild about the dialect but it certainly adds a level of realism to the book The details about school stores clothing and even asthma treatments are very vivid and interesting I think this is a valuable addition to a collection of culturally diverse books Weaknesses There was not much of a plot to this and a LOT of descriptions of food

  2. Erica Erica says:

    I read this book when I was maybe nine or ten years old It's the one of the first books I ever remember reading Even at that age I knew I wanted to be a writer and reading about the exploits of Ludell and her friends birthed something in me that made me want to write Because of that I have a copy of the book on my writing desk as well as a small newspaper clipping about the author Brenda Wilkinson

  3. CKE387 CKE387 says:

    Mis Stevanson's Ludell's teacher parting words to the class were It's your own lil red wagon You can roll it pull it or drag it You can even stand still not move a'tall and go no place at all

  4. Shanita Shanita says:

    First novelseries that made me want to read for fun I read it in high school Loved it Great first YA book

  5. Eleni L Eleni L says:

    Ludell by Brenda Wilkinson is a historical fiction story that takes you back to follow the life of Ludell an African American girl living in a segregated area in Georgia Her 1950’s era life may not be overrun by plenty of money toys and clothes but her spunky personality and her grandmother's drive to bring her up well allows her to push through her many struggles financially or just growing up with a smile Ludell begins to discover many different ways of taking risks as a result of her adolescent freedoms and her daring endeavors such as wandering to an old “haunted” house to play sneakily buying food using her best friend Ruthie Mae’s mother’s credit and even hiding her first boyfriend from her grandmother leaves the reader feeling a bit nervous too As is common with children growing up taking risks also involves bending the rules and dealing with the frustration of your parents’ rules and Ludell is no exception This makes her story very relatable as she finds reasons to complain about her grandmother’s instructions and as you will find as you read this bookOne example of this is found on page 68 when Ludell’s grandmother Mama says “‘Girl if you don’ shut yo mouf trying to back talk me you gon find yo’self gitting up of the ground’`Mama make me so sick sometime’” Ludell’s frustration is evident here as it is many times during the book which makes it all the relatable and humorous for teens to read This book isn't only relatable and funny but Wilkinson’s warm writing style draws you in with interesting and show stopping characters embodying each individual character with dialogue and dramatically telling stories These tactics turn what could be for some a drab story line into one that is full of life Not only this but this story draws some of the attention away from the hardships that African Americans faced during segregation and the Civil Right’s Movement and focuses a lot on the rich culture and joy that Ludell experiences even though Mama struggles financially and segregation is still very prevalent This aspect really opened my eyes towards the joy that could be found through the struggle of many black teens growing up in the segregated US For me this book was extremely worthwhile to read because of its emphasis on culture its humor and relatable topics and the bright characters and dialogue These aspects brought me to relate to a main character that is growing up in much different situations than I am Overall this book gave me warmth to read and it will certainly remind you to find joy in difficult situations and to stay full of culture enthusiasm and perseverance I truly hope that you love this uniue book as much as I did

  6. Tanita Barrett Tanita Barrett says:

    One of the best books ofMy youth Great storytelling

  7. Mrs Mrs says:

    It was good Different but good I would recommend it It's a read for the advanced reader however All in all I liked it

  8. Cindy Dyson Eitelman Cindy Dyson Eitelman says:

    Couldn't not like it I've never seen a book eschew cliches so thoroughly and just tell it like it is Was More review

  9. Carlise Carlise says:

    The first book that I read which I fell in love with and started me enjoying to read

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