someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
Indeed why was Mama perceived this way by the other teachers?
Although Mama had been a teacher at Great Faith for fourteen years, ever since she had graduated from the Crandon Teacher Training School at nineteen, she was still considered by many of the other teachers as a disrupting maverick. (Chapter 1 p 27)
a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country
Cassie loves to run free along the cool forest trails and wade barefoot in the forest pond.
She seems to be a free spirit who enjoys the great outdoors so it is undertandable why she was dismayed about wasting a bright August-like October morning indoors. On top of that, she had to be in her Sunday best. This meant being dressed in a high-collared dress that she found restrictive.
It seemed to me that showing up at school at all on a bright August-like October morning made for running the cool forest trails and wading barefoot in the forest pond was concession enough; Sunday clothing was asking too much. (Chapter 1 p 7)
It looks like Stacey plays the role of big brother by mediating between his siblings when the occasion requires him to step in. For instance, he did not allow Cassie to threaten their youngest brother. It is also clear that his younger siblings accord him due respect. When Stacey 'cut' Cassie 'with a wicked look' after admonishing her, she stopped bothering Little Man and grew silent.
"Y'all go ahead and get dirty if y'all wanna," he replied without even looking up from his studied steps.
"I betcha Mama's gonna 'clean' you, you keep it up," I grumbled.
"Ah, Cassie, leave him be," Stacey admonished, frowning and kicking testily at the road.
"I ain't said nothing but - "
Stacey cut me a wicked look and I grew silent. (Chapter 1 p 8)
We learn from Cassie why Stacey's mood has been irritatingly sour lately. He is going to be in their mother's class and it looks like he is unhappy with the idea of having his own mother as his teacher.
Stacey's disposition had been irritatingly sour lately. (Chapter 1 p 8)
What can we tell about Cassie and her youngest brother from the given sentence?
I knew that he could not see the soiled covers or the marred pages from where he sat, and even though his penchant for cleanliness was often annoying, I did not like to think of his disappointment when he saw the books as they really were.
What do Papa's words and the children's reactions show about his concerns as a father and his parenting style?
Your mama tells me that a lot of the older children been going up to that Wallace store after school to dance and buy their bootleg liquour and smoke cigarettes... We don't want y'all going to that place... If I ever find out y'all been up there, for any reason, I'm gonna wear y'all out.
How is this related to the children's attempt at 'well-maneuvered revenge!? (Chapter 3 p 46)
Finally, when the bus was less than fifty feet behind us, it veered dangerously close to the right edge of the road where we were running, forcing us to attempt the jump to the bank; but all of us fell short and landed in the slime of the gully. (Chapter 3 p 40)