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. This book falls into an adventure and friendship category.
I think this book is good for dog lovers, but you don’t have to be a dog lover to love this book. It does take a couple chapters to get into the book. Once you get into it though, it’s a definite page turner. If I closed my eyes during parts of the book I could picture exactly what was happening. Jeri Watts (the author) has a voice that contains friendship and a hint of adventure. I’d say the book is for 9-12 year olds. The vocabulary is for that age group. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that is like Kizzy Ann Stamps. It is a loving adventure and my favorite part of the book is that it’s being written in the form of letters. Jeri Watts did an excellent job on finishing the story; it is not a cliff hanger like some other books. I highly recommend this book!