In The Feedsack Dress, the mean queen calls the students who transfer from one-room rural schools to the town’s junior high the feedsack kids. She uses the term to label them outsiders, classmates to ignore or ridicule. She directs her disdain at Gail, the only girl in ninth grade in who wears a dress made from the colorful cotton sacks that had contained chicken feed.
Gail copes with the problems of being an outsider in 1949 in rural Missouri as the whole country adapts to new technology and urbanization. This blog tells more about that time, but the story of an outsider taking on the mean queen lives in the past, present, and future.