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On the occasion of the centennial of the public library in historic Selma, Alabama, beloved storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham relates the true story of Ernest Dawson. When he was a boy in the 1930s, segregation laws had barred Dawson from using the Selma library. But his love of books and his eagerness to learn was strong, and he eventually became a teacher. Years later, he bequeathed to the Selma library money for a children's wing so that other eager young readers of all races would always have a place in Selma to find magic through books.
"A superb story!" —Harper Lee
"This story is a wonderful revelation about the human spirit." —J.L. Chestnut, Jr.
"Ernest's Gift is a simple, yet powerful story of a young Southern boy whose love for books guided him through difficult times of rejection into a life of love and forgiveness." —Fannie Flagg