By Lynn Rubright, Patricia McKissack
After his mother dies, "Sugar" Martin is sent to live with his gruff uncle Free, a crippled loner who makes his living fishing in a swamp in the Mississippi Delta in the early 1900s. As Sugar struggles to adjust to his new surroundings, the only bright spot in his life is watching the building of the new Sweet Kingdom Church, which will be adorned with a beautiful stained glass window his mother had scrimped and saved for.
One day Sugar discovers that the money for Mama's window is being spent for the construction of the church itself. Devastated but unwilling to give up on his mother's dream, Sugar finds affirmation and support where he least expects it.
With compelling characters and a rich sense of place, Mama's Window is ultimately a moving story of hope, dreams, and finding a place to call home.
With an afterword by Patricia McKissack.
Lynn Rubright on using Mama's Window in the classroom
Curriculum Guide by Lynn Rubright
About the Creators
is a professional storyteller who has taught many storytelling courses over the past twenty years. She is the recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association and was awarded a regional EMMY for her work as a co-producer of the documentary "Oh Freedom After While: The Missouri Sharecropper Protest of 1939." While researching the life of Owen Whitfield for that film, Rubright came across a few details about his childhood, which ultimately served as the inspiration for Mama's Window. Rubright and her husband live in St. Louis, Missouri. To find out more about Lynn Rubright, visit her Web site: www.lynnrubright.com
has won numerous awards for her children’s books, including the Coretta Scott King Author Award, Newbery Medal Honor, and Carter G. Woodson Book Award. Her friendship and professional relationship with Rubright date back thirty years, and she mentored Rubright through the many years Mama’s Window was in development.
About This Title
Interest Level:Grades 4 - 8
Reading Level:Grades 4 - 4
Middle Grade, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Overcoming Obstacles, Families, Dreams & Aspirations, Coping with Death, African/African American Interest, Poverty, Persistence/Grit, Bullying, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Collaboration, Conflict resolution, Courage, Disability, Empathy/Compassion, Friendship, Kindness/Caring, Mentors, Mothers, Pride, Protest, Respect/Citizenship, Responsibility, Self Control/Self Regulation
Part of These Collections
African American English Collection Middle School, English Guided Reading Level S, Diverse Background English Collection Middle School, Realistic Fiction Middle School, Realistic Fiction High School, English Fiction Grades 3-6, English Fiction Middle School, English Fiction Grades 6-12, Fluent Dual Language , Fluent English, Historical Fiction Grades 3-6, High-Low Books for Preteens (Grades 4-6), High-Low Books for Teens (Middle and High School), Death & Grief Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6,