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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (506 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Martin Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN:
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In the fall of 1962, Belle Teal Harper arrives for her first day of fifth grade to find parents protesting the law that says Negro children can now attend school with whites. Most of her classmates don't even want to sit near Darryl, the shy new black boy in her class. But as Belle Teal gradually gets to know him, she can't understand what all the fuss is about. Belle Teal is a 2002 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2001.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/18/2014

    " This is a spunky heroine book that I truly like - Ann M. Martin has a gifted ear and the story is moving and rings true. While not much actually happens, the book is an excellent way to introduce children to social injustice, and to teach them about some of the more unfortunate events in our more recent history. (Desegregration/events in America in the 1960's). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 2/12/2014

    " Bell Teal Harper can't wait for 5th grade to begin, she will finally have the beloved Miss Casey for a teacher! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcella | 2/11/2014

    " Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin was a real eye opener as the book explores the racism and the poor economy surrounding everyone at that time. The book allows sympathy for Belle Teal as she is used to going without, while also commending her for not listening to others and making friends with an african-american even though nearly everyone teases her and puts her down for it. I recommend this book to anyone, it will really change your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/6/2014

    " I picked this book up yesterday at a Scholastic school book fair. It's one of the best middle grade books I've read...finished it in 2 hours, could not put it down. Lovely story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 1/31/2014

    " I love the morals this book teaches it readers. One of the morals is when you think you might be alone in a certain problem, you need to realize that you are not. There is always someone out there that has the same problem as you. Another moral is that love is more important then money. Money might buy you things but love is something that never runs out. I think thee morals are good for children to learn, and learning it though this historical fiction book is even better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kkkaaatttyyypopo | 1/18/2014

    " So far....... it taught me how to respect othjers for who they are and not by thier race.. and to not "judge a book by its cover"... and not everyone may have it as well as you might. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/16/2014

    " We listened to this on the trip to Bear Lake. It was a good discussion book with the kids. Issues of racism and abuse and what they would do if they saw these issues. Plus it had a really cute writing style that made me wish I was a better journal keeper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marshan 2.O | 12/30/2013

    " I read only half of the book and I didnt like it that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ♥Rachel♥ | 12/23/2013

    " This book would definatly be one of my favorite books of all time. It is DEFIANTLY a must read. It is based in the 1960's and is about Belle Teal. I LOVED the book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Genna | 12/14/2013

    " I didnt at all! i wish i never read it, and wouldnt reccomend it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverly | 11/29/2013

    " A good read for issues of prejudice, bullying, and child abuse, written for children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annabel ♥ | 11/12/2013

    " I loved Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin! I think EVERYONE should read it, young or old, boy or girl! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhiann | 11/8/2013

    " Recommended to me by my 13 yo daughter. This was really good, a very clever look at racial prejudice but also other prejudices and how it feels to walk in another's shoes. Thanks Beth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 11/1/2013

    " A sweet book about a girl with no money, but rich in love; even when her life is falling apart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 9/25/2013

    " Bear Lake trip "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Padya | 8/29/2013

    " This book has everything...life, death, racism, drama, love....!!:P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janaki | 8/8/2013

    " It was an awesome book! I can relate to Belle because I'm usually sticking up for my friends, and so is she. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 7/18/2013

    " great story! sensitive topics dealt with very nicely. looking forward to reading thisb with my 5th grade discussion group! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sky | 7/4/2013

    " I just started reading this book. I thought it would be pretty boring but as i start reading I start to realize that its a very interesting book.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geni | 6/25/2013

    " Young adult literature selection recommended by many book lists. Good; not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madison | 6/4/2013

    " This book was great! You learn how mean people were once blacks were let in with whites. Very heart-warming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yashna | 3/15/2013

    " its about a girl that becomes friends with an african boy but is disliked because of it...i know there is more but i forgot.SORRY! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 3/5/2013

    " this is an amazing book, in that it has a wonderful lesson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy Briggs | 3/2/2013

    " This was a favorite of Cat's 6th grade book club. I was surprised by the 5th grader's reaction to her grandmother with Alzheimer's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/24/2013

    " Reminded me of Burch's Queenie Peavy (does anyone read that anymore?) - solid story about what it must be like to have a Gran that's not quite there any more and to live in poverty. Belle has an almost preternatural calm about her situation, which makes dealing with integration at her school easier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 2/15/2013

    " A tough, spirited girl experiences the end of segregation in a southern town. She makes friends with the new black children in her school. Courage and hardships, real people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 2/7/2013

    " Good book, but nothing new in the way of plot. An outgoing girl with a poor/small family is standing up for an african american boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana | 1/23/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and I really go into it as well. I felt apart of the story. I think the writing was great because it was from a young girl's perspective and the writing is in a young age tone. I thought this book taught good morals as well. "

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