- Author: Connie Porter
- Illustrators: Bradford Brown, Renee Graef, Geri Strigenz Bourget, Dahl Taylor
- First Published: 1994
- Setting: December 1865
- Addy Walker
- Ben Walker
- Ruth Walker
- Sam Walker
- Esther Walker
- Auntie Lula
- Uncle Solomon (mentioned only)
- Sarah Moore
Only in Changes for AddyEdit
Chapter by Chapter SummaryEdit
Chapter One: Pieces of a PuzzleEdit
It is a wet day in early December. Addy and Sarah rush into Mrs. Ford's dress shop and slam the door behind them. Mrs. Ford ignores their apology and tells them to come to the stove to dry off. Addy's mother looks up from where she is perched behind her sewing machine. She points out that they are late coming home from school. Addy explains that the two of them stopped by the Quaker meeting house to ask Mr. Cooper if he has any news about their family, but he did not. Momma says that they'll just have to hope that he has good news tomorrow but Addy thinks that he probably won't.
The war ended in April and they were reunited with Poppa and Sam but hadn't found Esther, Auntie Lula and Uncle Solomon yet. Addy's father went back to Master Steven's planation to find Lula, Solomon and Esther but they left and nobody knew where they went. He searched several freedmans camps in the area but returned home alone after a month. Addy helped write letters to aid societies and freedman's camps, but no one answers.
Addy's mother tells Addy that she knows that Addy is discouraged but they cannot stop hoping and working hard. Mrs. Ford agrees with Momma and points out that they would make twice as many dresses with the new sewing machine than they did by hand. Sarah says that her and Addy will have twice as many dresses to deliver than and Addy adds that this will mean twice as much tip money. The Walkers are saving money for Addy's father to continue searching for their family.Mrs. Ford tells the girls that there is plenty to do for them today, in addition to the deliveries they would also have to go to the dry goods store and pick up two dresses for alterations. Addy quickly puts her mittens and hat on, but Sarah isn't ready. She politely asks Mrs. Ford for some extra paper for her boots. Mrs. Ford says that what Sarah really needs is a new pair of boots. Sarah agrees but her family cannot afford new boots for her.
Chapter Two: A Missing PieceEdit
Chapter Three: The Last PieceEdit
Chapter Four: TogetherEdit
Looking Back: Changes for AmericaEdit
Discusses changes for America after the Civil War. Topics include:
- The new rights and freedom African Americans received after the Civil War, including official citizenship.
- Why Black Codes were passed in the Southern states, and how they affected African Americans.
- Who sharecroppers were, and how they were cheated by their landowners.
- The violence that African Americans faced due to segregation, and Ida B. Wells' newspaper articles about the violence.
- How Daniel Hale Williams, Langston Hughes, Marian Anderson and Jackie Robinson used their talents to break prejudice barriers.
- How Homer Plessy and Thurgood Marshall helped in the banning of segregated public places.
- The protesting that happened during the Civil Rights Movement, and it's continuation into future times.
Items associated with Changes for AddyEdit
- Addy's Winter Coat
- Derby, Mittens and Knee Warmers
- Patriotic Party Dress
- Addy's Winter Fun
- Cutter Sled
- Addy's Undies