From Amazon - How much would you risk to stand up for your beliefs? When Duncan and Sarah Powell move with their daughter, May, to Savannah Georgia in 1947, they hope against hope that they’ll be welcomed. But they’re Yankees and worse, they’re civil rights advocates almost a decade too early. At first May can pretend they’re the same as everyone else. It means keeping quiet when she knows she should speak up, but it’s worth the sacrifice to win friends. Unfortunately her parents are soon putting their beliefs into action. And when they wake to find that they’re the only family on the block with a Ku Klux Klan cross blazing on their front lawn, the time comes for them to finally decide between what’s easy and what’s right.
Little Sacrifices surprised me. I expected a young adult book since it's main character is the teenager, May, but it was so much more. Scott has an authentic voice in her historical depiction of life in the south in the nineteen forties. May has her own beliefs, but since she and her own family moved to the south so her father could get a job, she has suspended them temporarily. She wants to fit in and make new friends.
Many sensitive topics are touched upon in Little Sacrifices; Abortion, teen pregnacy, incest and racism but they are all handled with sensitivity and it's amazing how far we have come in our beliefs as a society since then. I was so excited for May when she decided to stand and defend her own beliefs. All in all, a fantastic story with historical elements and wonderful character development that will have you completely immersed in the secrets and plot twistsof Little Sacrifices. I highly recommend!!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.