The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia
Title: The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia
Author: Mary Helen Stefaniak
Gladys Cailiff is eleven years old in 1938 when a new, well-traveled young schoolteacher turns the town upside down. The real trouble begins when she decides to revive the annual town festival as an exotic Baghdad bazaar.
A big-hearted story of a Depression-era small town turned upside down by a worldly teacher.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.