Milcreek Pond

Young Adult - Coming of Age
252 Pages
Reviewed on 03/17/2021
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Author Biography

As a descendant of several writers, past and present, including W.W. Peyton, educator, writer and inventor, and Melba Pattillo Beals( one of "The Little Rock Nine" students ordered to desegregate U.S. public schools in the 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education and author of "Warriors Don't Cry"); I understand the importance of research in true memoirs and historical fiction writing.
A voracious reader from the age of four, I've shaped my world through reading. It is my strength and vision to seek and receive- from others- the utmost fulfillment through the written word.
"Milcreek Pond" and its sequel Indigo Sky are adventurous stories of historical fiction written with youth, young adults and the entire family in mind. All ages will enjoy- what one of my readers refers to as- a "refreshing" transcendence in time. I hope you enjoy the journey too!
**IndieBragg Medallion Honoree

    Book Review

Reviewed by Paul F. Murray for Readers' Favorite

Milcreek Pond by Kay Carroll is a true-to-life story about fourteen-year-old Molly, an African-American/Native American girl in 1879 Mississippi who refuses to “stay in her place”. Molly’s mother, Enola, worries constantly that her daughter is headed for trouble if she continues to want more out of life than is deemed proper for a non-white person in the post-Reconstruction South. Molly dreams of the magic night coming up, the Autumn Festival, which will be, as it were, her “debut”. Molly works for Walter Neuman and his wife Lena, both of them non-Southerners originally. Although Walter is neutral—so it seems—in his feelings toward Molly and Enola, Lena Neuman is openly hostile toward them, especially Molly, whom she hopes to rid herself of. Lena Neuman wants to put Molly, her brother Jake, and Enola out on the street to fend for themselves if they can, so that Lena’s aunt can move into the sharecropper cabin currently occupied by Molly and her family. However, Aunt Minnie from Boston turns out to be a very different person than Lena was expecting. Aunt Minnie takes a liking to Molly and may—if Southern society will allow it—become a possible means of advancement for Molly.

I enjoyed Milcreek Pond by Kay Carroll because it was educational, as well as entertaining, to read about what life was truly like in the late-19th century South for non-whites who were, in essence, in a sort of bondage without visible chains. There were absolute limits to what society would allow non-whites to do, and get away with. Readers may actually experience some annoyance at the ridiculous (to us) limits to which Molly and her family are subjected. Milcreek Pond provides perspective to readers who may not otherwise experience it. An educational novel with a prospective relevance for our current times.

Shirley U

Just finished reading Milcreek Pond by Kay Carroll and really enjoyed the book. Milcreek Pond provides a historical background for a young adolescent girl growing up in the South during the late 19th century. The book is an excellent resource for students and teachers. The story takes place just after the Civil War at a time when the country and its people were seeking to rebuild their lives. The reader is given insight into the lives and interactions of Whites, Blacks and Indians during the Post Civil War era. The objective tone of the novel reveals the writers ability to balance racial conflict and tell a compelling story of hope. The writer is able to show the turbulent years of a country overcoming slavery and the emotional growth of a young girl seeking first love. Kay Carroll's extensive background in teaching is evident in the way she portrays Molly as someone who values education and perseverance.

Milcreek Pond takes the reader on a journey thru the life of young Molly: who is faced with societal prejudice, adolescence, and her own personal strong conviction. She relies on a foundation of love and guidance provided by a caring mother to help her progress through life. The authenticity of the language and setting brings all the characters to life for the reader. Molly is especially endearing in her quest to understand her budding emotions and reality of her world. She longs to live as the upper class but she was born Black and in poverty. The writer allows Molly a chance to experience the rich society amidst the conflicting reality of the post slavery era. Molly comes into her own independence as she manipulates daily trials and triumphs in her life. Milcreek Pond is entertaining, uplifting as well as educational. I would highly recommend putting Milcreek Pond at the top of your must read books. I am positive readers will enjoy the read and wait in anticipation for the next novel by Kay Carroll.