Whistling Past the Graveyard
Author: Susan Crandall
Grade(s): 6; 7
*Teacher Pick for 7th Grade
Whistling past the graveyard. That’s what Daddy called it when you did something to keep your mind off your most worstest fear…
In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home. Starla’s destination is Nashville, where her mother went to become a famous singer, abandoning Starla when she was three. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. Now, on the road trip that will change her life forever, Starla sees for the first time life as it really is—as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be.