Submitted by Amina, Age 12 from Illinois
This has got to be one of the best books I’ve ever read! Calico Girl is about an African American girl at the beginning of the civil war. It’s interesting though because Callie (short for callistia, and the main character) is technically the niece of the plantation owner’s wife. Callies father had the same father as the wife, Catherine, but she didn’t have the same mother, and she was white. Callie is technically free, but she still lives on the plantation, up until the plantation owner goes to fight in the civil war. Callie’s father, Hampton is assigned to take care of the plantation and the family that lives there, but then he stumbles hears about a Union fort that will take care of escapees from the South. He then takes his own family to live there, but the future remains uncertain. Will the plantation owner come back? If so, will he find Callie and her family?
Read the book to find out.