Erronteen Evans’ New Novel Portrays Life in 1900s Mississippi

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“Children Do Kick Up Dust” is a coming of age adventure in the Deep South

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Author Erronteen Evans invites her readers to join her in gazing into the past to witness a portion of American history unrecorded by textbooks or museums, to relive a crucial time and experience pivotal events that shaped an entire generation. Her tale, Children Do Kick Up Dust, describes the unique lifestyle, shaped by history, of black families in the Deep South during the mid-1900s, during the days of Jim Crow. Through her narrative, which follows the point of view of a child growing up in that era, readers will come to a better understanding of the realities faced by the previous generations, and how it relates to the present day.

It follows the exciting and terrifying adventures that the headstrong 12-year-old Flader Reed experienced. She is at the heart of the story, together with her family. Her exploits take place primarily in rural Camden, Mississippi. There, Flader did lots of things that were fun, but she was never satisfied and was unable to think beyond what she wanted. Overriding everything else was her obsession with the dream trip she wanted to take all by herself.

To do so, she would have to take a scarcely traveled road that led into virtually uninhabited areas and through a hazardous swamp with several badly worn bridges to cross. She got a “no” last summer and a “maybe” this summer. Yet the days go by, the weeks rush on, and she thought, “Before I know it, summer will be gone. I’ve got to do something! What can I do?” So she decided to go without permission; for, otherwise, there might not be another chance. In this dream trip, however, she ran into more than she had bargained for and her struggle for survival is packed with mystery and suspense as an unpredictable series of events ensues, threatening her life and the lives of her loved ones as well.

This tale presents a snapshot of an unsung period of American history, allowing readers to examine the diverse cultural makeup of the time. The Deep South of the 1900s was a vastly different place, simpler yet harsher. Children Do Kick Up Dust gives readers a chance to see it as it was seen through the eyes of a child who lived during that time, a rare opportunity that cannot be found in an ordinary history lesson.

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About the Author
Erronteen Evans met and married George Silsbe Evans after both of them graduated from college and were teachers in the same school system. They were later divorced after twelve years of marriage. They have two children: Terri Evans Hogan Harp and Candi Evans Lee. There are three grandchildren.

Evans is a native of Canton, Mississippi. She has resided in other locations, following her career, until retirement (from her position as schoolteacher), then she made Decatur, Georgia, her permanent home.

Children Do Kick Up Dust * by Erronteen Evans
Publication Date: July 12, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 202 pages; 978-1-4836-5652-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 202 pages; 978-1-4836-5653-3
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-5654-0

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