Guests in the Promised Land

By Kristin Hunter

Original Publisher: Scribner
Current Publisher: Out of Print
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Not Available

Children’s Books Finalists That Year:

  • Alice Childress for A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich
  • Vera and Bill Cleaver for The Whys and Wherefores of Littabelle Lee
  • Julia Cunningham for The Treasure is the Rose
  • Bette Greene for Summer of My German Soldier
  • Kristin Hunter for Guests in the Promised Land
  • E.L. Konigsburg for A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
  • Norma Fox Mazer for A Figure of Speech
  • F.N. Monjo for Poor Richard in France
  • Harve Zemach for Duffy and the Devil

Children’s Books Winner That Year: Eleanor Cameron for The Court of the Stone Children

Judges That Year: Clifton Fadiman, Nancy Larrick, George A. Woods

The Year in Literature: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: Most of Hunter’s books detail the ways in which acts of white bigotry and racism are dealt with and healed within the African American community. Much of the subject matter is drawn from her own experiences. In the 60s, Hunter and her family went into a Pennsylvania restaurant that looked like it might not be friendly to African Americans. After being ignored by waiters for twenty minutes, she quietly told her family to leave. “They started for the door,” she wrote. “I then stood up, yanked the tablecloth and all the condiments off the table and kicked over all six chairs. I should have known we would not be welcome, since the meanest spirits dwell in the drabbest places.”

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