"The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia"
a novel by Mary Helen Stefaniak
1938, Threestep, Georgia, ain't never gonna be the same, now that Miss Grace Spivey has come to town to be the new teacher. 11 year old Gladys Cailiff, her older brother, Force, her pregnant sister, Mary, and the Cailiff's African American neighbor, Theo Boykin, all fall under the charms of Miss Spivey.
Miss Spivey is a believer of field trips, is "color blind" (during the highly tense time of segregation in the South), has an array of Arabian costumes, and loves reading aloud from her ten volume set of "The Thousand Nights and a Night".
Threestep, Georgia and residents are in for some real eye-opening, when Miss Spivey decides to revive the annual town festival, only she plans on turning the town into an exotic Baghdad Bazaar, with costumes and sets all over the main section of town. Things get out of hand, and Miss Spivey suddenly disappears, but wait, Gladys's sister, Mary, begins the telling of a tale that comes right out of the "Arabian Nights".
Mary's tale begins in 1916, on the Arabian Peninsula, revolves around a camel driver - there are camels on an island off of Georgia - Sherman's march through Georgia, an enchanted pitcher from a ninth-century war, the journey of a young Muslim from his African home, and many more surprising stories.
Yep, Threestep, Georiga, ain't never gonna be the same now that Miss Grace Spivey has come and gone.............
Hope you will give this one a shot.......