The Sweet Shade of a Chinaberry Tree Book Summary and Study Guide

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In 1963 Gaynell McGowan reluctantly returns from her first year of college to her small Southern town of Beulah. She has not written her term paper for American History and must do it right away to avoid flunking the course. While researching her paper at the local African-American college, she meets Willis, a veterinary student and civil rights activist. As their friendship secretly ripens, the town learns that the school board has received a federal order to integrate the high school. Gaynell's newly minted liberal views alienate her family members as well as her best friend.   
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   racism!!!! Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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