Spitting Image

Jessie’s world may be poor, but she’s surrounded by rich characters like Baby Blue, who barely talks even though he’s four and Robert E. Ketchum who hasn’t decided what the E stands for yet.  When President Johnson’s War on Poverty sends a Northerner to observe her community first-hand, people are too proud and suspicious to accept help.  Everyone has secrets and it’s up to Jessie and her diamond-in-the-rough antics to enlighten the community.

The nicest part about this book is the honest exploration of poverty in all its ambiguity, without a moralistic highbrow tone.  A great read with a unique perspective, Shutta Crum’s Spitting Image is one coming of age story to remember.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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