My Last Days as Roy Rogers
Title: My Last Days as Roy Rogers
Author: Pat Cunningham Devoto
Growing up in Alabama in the 1950s, two inseparable ten-year-old girls, one black and one white, discover the theft of money meant for polio victims and expose a racial injustice in the process.
In an Alabama town in the early 1950s, during the last polio summer before the Salk vaccine, ten-year-old Tabitha “Tab” Rutland is about to have the time of her life. Although movie theaters and pools have been closed to stem the epidemic, Tab, a tomboy with a passion for Roy Rogers, still seeks adventure with her best friend Maudie May, “the lightest brown colored person” she knows. Now as they meddle with the local bootlegger, Mr. Jake, row out on the Tennessee River to land the biggest catfish ever, and snoop into the town’s darkest secrets, Tab sets out to be a hero…and comes of age in an unforgettable confrontation with human frailty, racial injustice, and the healing power of love.