Lost Goat Lane

Lost Goat Lane

Book - 2005
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An eloquent, dramatic story of an adolescent girl's first glimpse into the problems of prejudice and the redeeming power of friendships

FOR THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD KATE, being poor in a small rural Florida town means feeling ashamed and isolated. At school, her classmates laugh at her old clothes and worn shoes. Things are not much better at home. Kate's mother is working long hours at a dairy farm to keep food on the table. Kate has to keep an eye on her brothers - Justin is old enough to talk about running away, and Chip is young enough to keep wandering off.

But one day, the family's goat gets loose and wanders down the road. That's when Kate meets the Wilsons, a tight knit, middle-class African-American family. Kate is particularly drawn to Ruby, the glamorous grown daughter who has returned home from New York City. As Kate begins to spend time with Ruby in town she becomes aware of the undercurrent of discrimination and prejudice that runs through her community, and the complex roles of race and class in her own relationships.

Rosa Jordan offers readers a gripping, empathetic tale of how two families come together despite small town prejudices and cultural differences. In doing so, she provides a window into the larger problems in America, where class and race often divide people.

Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2005, ©2004
ISBN: 9781550419320
Characteristics: 197 p. ; 22 cm.


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Oct 01, 2013

A compassionate read. Valuable life lessons abounds in this story.

Jul 17, 2011

when i was assigned this book 4 class i was so upset. but this is the most touching and true book i have ever read. it talks about wat happens when u judge ppl and how u 2 unlikely friends become friends. it talks about how no matter what color ur skin is, it doesn't matter, u can be whatever u want 2 be no matter what! best book i ever read! strongly recommended!!!

Mar 30, 2010

It was a really good book. It was pretty intersting how they made it pretty exciting even in the country side!

Mar 10, 2010

This story is really godd, also it teaches kids that it doesn't matter if your black, white or yellow.

samdog123 Mar 26, 2008

A very touching story involving kate and her single parent family's struggles to keep their farm. Exploration of many familiar tween issues make this a great read.

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Mar 30, 2010

Two people become good friends with help of their goats. But it's really important to learn we are all the same black or white!


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