The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia : a novel

Mary Helen Stefaniak.

Narrator Gladys Cailiff is eleven years old in 1938 when a new, well-traveled young schoolteacher turns a small Georgia town upside down. Miss Grace Spivey believes in field trips, Arabian costumes, and reading aloud from her ten-volume set of The Thousand Nights and a Night. The real trouble begins when she decides to revive the annual town festival as an exotic Baghdad bazaar. Miss Spivey transforms the lives of everyone around her: Gladys's older brother Force (with his movie-star looks), her pregnant sister May (a gifted storyteller herself), and especially the Cailiffs' African American neighbor, young Theo Boykin, whose creative genius becomes the key to a colorful, hidden history of the South. Populated by unforgettable characters--including three impressive camels--The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia rides a magic carpet from a segregated schoolroom in Georgia to the banks of the Tigris (and back again) in an entrancing feat of storytelling.


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Ruth Ann JohnsonPosted August 1, 2011

It's 1938 in Threestep, Georgia and 11-year-old Gladys Cailiff is mesmerized by the new teacher for the one-room school. Miss Spivey has traveled all over the world and is especially enthralled with the Middle East and with Baghdad. She shares Arabia...

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