A Yellow Watermelon

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NewSouth Books, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 239 pages
Growing up in poverty-stricken, racially segregated, rural Alabama in the late 1940s, a white boy named Ted and a black boy named Poudlum become secret friends, join forces to integrate the cotton field laborers, and try to stop evil forces from depriving Poudlum's family of their property and livelihood.

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Twelve-year-old Ted Dillon is an innocent white boy in rural Alabama in 1948, but his new friendships with a black boy named Poudlum Robinson and an escaped black convict named Jake introduce him to a ... Read full review

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The Sawmill
Jake 21
Dinner on the Grounds 31
Nail Soup 42
Snakes 52
Bullies 60
Milk and Butter 71
The Bootlegger 82
The Cotton Gin 133
Hiding Out 144
The Whiskey Maker 156
School Clothes 167
Lying On Sunday 178
Up a Tree 189
Robin Hood 200
Down the Creek 210

The Still 92
The Money Tree 102
The Cotton Field 108
Fire 123
The Miracle 221
A Yellow Watermelon 232

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About the author (2007)

A retired schoolteacher, Ted M. Dunagan lives in Monticello, Georgia. This is his first novel.