Carol Fenner (now deceased) was the recipient of the Newbery Honor Award for Yolanda’s Genius [Simon & Schuster, 1995], the ALA Notable Book Honor for Randall’s Wall [Macmillan, 1991] and another ALA Notable Book Honor for the posthumously released Snowed In with Grandmother Silk (Dial Books, 2003). In 1970, The Skates of Uncle Richard was a runner up for the Coretta Scott King Award, a prize that is usually given to African Americans.
Running and Dancing was a life-time work for Ms. Fenner, and the love of her writing career. She researched the story for 20 years. This manuscript is presented by her husband's family, and dedicated to those who will recognize her unique and charming author’s voice. We think it is her very best work.
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Running and Dancing
by Carol Fenner
Two African American girls grow into teenagers at the turn of the 20th century. The older girl's sister fled the U.S. to find fame and fortune in another country. She left behind a daughter, and the two girls each experience different coming of age adventures, according to their temperaments. Bertine, eldest of the pair, is a runner, like her sister. But Alma enjoys the dance of life where she is.
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