Essie Rose’s Revelation Summer

“It’s hard being different and being the only one who isn’t like everybody else.”

Book cover Essie Rose's Revelation Summer by Deanie YasnerTen-year-old Essie Rose Ginsberg, writer, loner, and all-time worrier, is the only Jewish girl in Tipton, Mississippi in 1953. Her hopes for a happy-go-lucky summer vanish when she discovers a cryptic note left by Pearlie May Gibbs, the family’s housekeeper and Essie Rose’s one-and-only friend. 

Now Essie Rose must spend her entire summer deciphering her friend’s message, figuring out how to “get on with her business” and make her Pearlie May proud.

Essie Rose’s business soon includes reading Charlotte’s Web to her new friend Moses Brownridge, visiting Daddy’s store on the wrong side of the tracks, and entering an essay contest lauding Pearlie May and her Half Dozen Words of Wisdom in the local Centennial Writing Contest. 

When mean girls bully her, troublemakers vandalize Daddy’s store, and her contest entry is jeopardized because Pearlie May is not a Caucasian, Essie Rose’s worries become reality. 

The Fourth of July comes and goes without Pearlie May’s return. Will she make it home in time for Essie Rose’s 11th birthday? Will the Ginsbergs remain in Tipton, or will increasing discrimination and danger finally force them to return up North? Essie Rose captures it all for us in her Writer’s Notebook. 

A moving, multi-layered, and meticulously researched story of loneliness and loyalty, bullying and friendship, loss and courage.

“For readers of this book, Deanie has provided a life plan for encountering and overcoming obstacles, whether schoolwork or relationships. She’s shown the reader that a child of a different color, gender or religion can be just as powerful…a road map for critical thinking skills for the student.” 
— Mary Guess Flamer, Ed.D., Former Title I Coordinator,  NJ Department of Education

Age range: 8-12
Grade level: 3-6
221 pages
August 2019 Publication
$8.99 paperback
$4.99 ebook
ISBN 978-1-7320276-9-5