Neecey's Lullaby by Cris Burks Harlem Moon/Broadway Books, March 2006 $12.95, ISBN 0-767-91983-1
In her second book, Burks tells the story of Neecey Shade, a free-spirited child who encountered abuse from her mother and the men in her mother's life. Neecey becomes her family's anchor and an example for her younger siblings.
The story begins when Neecey is growing up in Chicago in the 1950s. She is the oldest of four children by Jesse and Ruby, but her life changes after she learns of her real past.
Throughout the book, the protagonist struggles with pain while managing to keep her siblings together. At times, this novel is sad and its...