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Ernest's Gift
by Kathryn Tucker Windham
illustrated by Frank Hardy
Junebug Books, 2004
Hardcover, $15.95 (20 pages)
ISBN: 1-58838-149-8
  Ernest's Gift is a powerful story of a young boy in the 1930's who loves books, but is turned away from the public library in Selma. It is also a story of the power of forgiveness as the grown man leaves in his estate a donation of $10,000 in honor of his family to the Selma Public Library. Today the library's reading room holds the portrait and name of Ernest Dawson.

Kathryn Tucker Windham is the best-selling author of dozens of books and is a nationally known storyteller and radio commentator. Frank Hardy is an artist and the founder of the Selma Youth Development Center. They both make their homes in Selma, Alabama.

Kathryn Tucker Windham wrote Ernest's Gift as part of the celebration of the Selma Public Library's 100th anniversary.

Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews

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