Kizzy Ann Stamps
Kizzy Ann Stamps
Kizzy Ann Stamps
Jeri Watts
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Taking things in stride is not easy for Kizzy Ann, but with her border collie, Shag, stalwart at her side, she sets out to live a life as sweet as syrup on cornbread.In 1963, as Kizzy Ann prepares for her first year at an integrated school, she worries about the color of her skin, the scar running from the corner of her right eye to the tip of her smile, and whether anyone at the white school will like her. She writes letters to her new teacher in a clear, insistent voice, stating her troubles and asking questions with startling honesty. The new teacher is supportive, but not everyone feels the same, so there is a lot to write about. Her brother, James, is having a far less positive school experience than she is, and the annoying white neighbor boy won’t leave her alone. But Shag, her border collie, is her refuge. Even so, opportunity clashes with obstacle. Kizzy Ann knows she and Shag could compete well in the dog trials, but will she be able to enter? From Jeri Watts comes an inspiring middle-grade novel about opening your mind to the troubles and scars we all must bear — and facing life with hope and trust.

Book Details


  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Kizzy Ann Stamps is about how everyone has scars to bear. The two main characters are Kizzy Ann and her dog, Shag. Kizzy Ann has a scar that runs from the edge of her eye to the tip of her smile. Shag serves as Kizzy Ann’s dog, her friend, and as a herding dog on the family farm. This story takes place in the 1960s, when integration was still an issue in many states. Readers should know that this book is written in the form of letters. Kizzy Ann is writing letters to her new school teacher, Mrs. Anderson.

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I read the book KizzyAnn Stamps by Jeri Watts. The book is set at a time when African Amercan  children are just beginning to get to go to integrated schools. KizzyAnn is very excited about getting to going to a white school but her brother thinks that they should not go to the same school as white kids because white people are usually mean to them. KizzyAnn' s teacher at her old school tells her class that they are going to write to their new teacher to tell them about themselves.

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