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A Writer’s Beginning

Written by Idella Bodie

Through the years, Idella Bodie has visited many schools to speak with young readers about her books and one of the most popular questions she receives is “What was your life like when you were growing up?” To show “the way things were,” she has gathered memories, not just of her life but the lives of people in her small South Carolina hometown of Ridge Spring.
     An entertaining account of "one writer's beginning."  Re-creating real people and places, Bodie takes the reader back to the 1930s and her childhood on a small South Carolina farm.  Growing up during the Great Depression and World War II is depicted in rich detail with tender simplicity and humor. 

More than a memoir of the author’s coming of age, Carolina Girl, A Writer's Beginning is a blend of history and often painful self-discovery that offers young readers insight and courage in dealing with their own problems.

238 pages.26 Black and white photos. March 1998. Sandlapper.

  •  ISBN-10: 0878441409 /ISBN-13: 978-0878441402 /

  • Softcover $19.95

CAROLINA GIRL, A Writer’s Beginning Springboard for Personal Journal Writing
More books by Idella Bodie

Brave Black Patriots
Carolina Girl
The Courageous Patriot
The Fighting Gamecock
Ghost in the Capitol 
Ghost Tales for Retelling
Heroines of the American Revolution
Light Horse Harry  
The Man Who Loved the Flag
The Mystery of Edisto Island
The Mystery of The Pirate’s Treasure
The Old Wagoner
Quaker Commander
The Revolutionary Swamp Fox
The Secret Message 
The Secret of Telfair Inn
South Carolina Women
Spunky Revolutionary War Heroine
Trouble at Star Fort
Whopper Teacher’s Guide
The Wizard Owl



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