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Details about The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia : a novel

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.


Ruth Ann Johnson

Posted 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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