"Word to the Wise," included in an amazing anthology of poetry for children.
Cecile Amelie Rey is a free girl of color in 1850's New Orleans. It's an exciting time in her life-- Mardi Gras season, full of parties and balls, is coming up. More importantly, her beloved brother Armand is about to return from two years of study in France. But when she meets a new friend, unexpected adventures begin!
What happens to Cecile, her family, and her friend Marie-Grace as disaster hits the entire city of New Orleans? Find out how Cecile learns to deal with some difficult problems, and learns a lot about her own strengths.
Every person is special, Cecile learns. But what, exactly, is the gift she has to offer her family and her beloved city of New Orleans?
“In a voice strong and true, Patrick’s narrator easily carries the story, winning readers; hearts…”
“This heartwarming story is just right for intergenerational sharing.”
–School Library Journal
From The Childhood of Famous Americans Series of Books