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I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This Summary
Jacqueline Woodson

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I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This Summary

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"I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This" by Jacqueline Woodson is the story of twelve-year-old Marie, a black girl who lives in Chauncey, Ohio, with her father who is a college professor. Chauncey, Ohio, had been a mining community until the mines dried up. After that, the miners - many of whom were poor and white - moved to Athens to work in the factories there. But the factories began to shut down and many of the families who had once worked in the mines in Chauncey returned. Many of these returning families built shacks along the Hocking River which was known to rise and flood the lowlands.

Marie is best friends with the most popular girl in school who is named Sherry. Marie emulated Sherry's style - her clothing and hair-dos - and both were considered the best-dressed students in their class. There were not many white...

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