Back when I took your Writing for Children class at Bryn Mawr, I hadn’t read any of your books. Since then I’ve read a few, and enjoyed them, so when I got my hands on a galley of Alligator Bayou I was pretty psyched about it. I found it fascinating–a lot of historical fiction doesn’t appeal to me, but being of Italian descent made me more immediately interested in a story about Sicilian immigrants. Anyway, your book described a rather shameful portion of American history that I had only a vague awareness of, and I’m grateful both for the learning experience and for your compelling storytelling. A good solid four-star read with a heartwrenching ending.