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J.D. and the great barber battle

"J.D. has a big problem--it's the night before the start of third grade and his mom has just given him his first and worst home haircut. When the steady stream of insults from the entire student body of Douglass Elementary becomes too much for J.D., he takes matters into his own hands and discovers that, unlike his mom, he's a genius with the clippers. His work makes him the talk of the town and brings him enough hair business to open a barbershop from his bedroom. But when Henry Jr., the owner of the only official local barbershop, realizes he's losing clients to J.D., he tries to shut him down for good. J.D. decides there's only one way to prove who's the best barber in all of Meridian, Mississippi: Let the people decide in a great barber battle!"--Provided by publisher.

Absalom, absalom!

A Harvard freshman pieces together the strange story of a southern tragedy involving an ambitious planter who settled in Mississippi in 1833.

I'm reading about Mississippi

the Magnolia State!
Presents facts about the state of Mississippi, including landmarks, people, symbols, and more.


An introduction to Mississippi, covering the state's location, history, flower, seal, flag, capital, goods, and more.


"The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who've held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county's aged, sardonic lawman, still thinks it can prove itself -- when confronted by a strange family of drifters, the sheriff believes that the people of Red Bluff can be accepting, rational, even good. The opposite is true: this is a landscape of fear and ghosts -- of regret and violence -- transformed by the kudzu vines that have enveloped the hills around it, swallowing homes, cars, rivers, and hiding a terrible secret deeper still. Colburn, a junkyard sculptor who's returned to Red Bluff, knows this pain all too well, though he too is willing to hope for more when he meets and falls in love with Celia, the local bar owner. The Deep South gives these noble, broken, and driven folks the gift of human connection while bestowing upon them the crippling weight of generations"--Provided by publisher.

Freedom Summer for young people

the savage season that made Mississippi burn and made America a democracy
Chronicles the events of the summer of 1964, when hundreds of college students arrived in Mississippi to register black voters and educated black children. Delves into the murders of three of the volunteers and discusses the FBI's investigation, the discovery of the bodies, and the climax of the summer at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City.

Getting away with murder

the true story of the Emmett Till case
Presents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955.

All the days past, all the days to come

"From the 1940s to the 1960s, Cassie Logan journeys around the country, ultimately returning home to Mississippi where she witnesses the Great Migration north and the rise of the Civil Rights Movement"--Provided by publisher.

A time for mercy

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake's fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

Stone River crossing

When Martha Tom helps Lil Mo and his family escape from the plantation across the river, it's just the beginning of a Choctaw adventure of a lifetime.


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