This book is set in 1928 against the backdrop of the Great Migration (the movement of masses of black Americans from the rural south to the urban north). Bessie Coulter is 12 years old and moves with her father and younger brother to Harlem from North Carolina. Bessie's sick mother does not accompany them and there are no provisions made for her arrival -- a situation that arouses Bessie and Eddie's suspicions. Things go from bad to worse when the siblings realize where they will be living in Harlem with their father's repressive older sisters. The secret of Bessie's family is closely tied to these inspiring men and women of the migration, and as she unravels the mystery surrounding her missing parents, the reader is privileged to discover more and more about this fascinating time and place in American history.
Publisher: Pleasant Company Publications