IN THEIR OWN WORDS:

I’m Beany

…and all I want is to learn to write and read and draw my pictures. And be with my Mama.

Beany, artist

…and all I want is to learn to write and read and draw my pictures. And be with my Mama.

I’m not brave like Tessie. She drags me down to the towpath and into town and calls me a ninny when I balk. She gets mad when Mama tells me to never look a white man in the eye. But Mama tells me stories so I know why she’s afraid. The only thing me and Tess have in common is hating her pa. So, that’s another thing I want. I want Mister Riley to leave my Mama alone.

Featured Characters

Tess Riley Beany Lucy Wixumlee Beau Maas