While he knows he's going to miss old Mr. Bro. Wiley, 11-year-old Bean is excited at finally getting to go to his first sittin' up. It's about time he gets to see how his close knit sharecropping community cares for and sends off their dead. But when a storm starts moving in and it looks like the river is going to overflow its banks and flood their valley before they're able to get it all done, Bean knows that Mr. Bro.'s send off will surely be one to remember. Funny and touching, this is an intriguing slice of life from an award-winning novelist.
When Mr. Bro. Wiley, Bean's adopted grandfather and the last slave man around, dies in the summer of 1940, Bean and his very best friend Pole are some kind of hurt. Everyone in the Low Meadows is. Despite their grief, they are proud and excited to be included in their very first Sittin' Up--a wake for the dead. Bean and Pole know this special week will be one to remember, especially if the coming storm has its way and riles up Ole River enough to flood the Low Meadows right in the middle of Mr. Bro. Wiley's Sittin' Up.
Shelia P. Moses tells her most charming story yet. Laced with humor and a lot of heart, this is an affecting, fun tale from a storytelling master.
Shelia P. Moses is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including National Book Award Finalist, The Legend of Buddy Bush and I, Dred Scott. She's also the co-author of New York Times bestselling Callus on My Soul, comedian and activist, Dick Gregory's memoir. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
"A rich tapestry . . . the reader always feels wrapped up in the warm arms of this loving cvommunity."--The Horn Book
"A tale of sorrow and hope that recalls the simple pageant of live in a close-knit community."--Kirkus Reviews
"The real value here is fom the evocation of the community and the carefully detailed description of funeral rites and customs from the time period."--BCCB
"A story of a close-knit community on the verge of major changes."--School Library Journal
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