Children & Teens Books of the Week

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So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom Cover Image
By Gary D. Schmidt, Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626728721
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 25th, 2018

So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom (Roaring Brook, $18.99) chronicles the traumas, travails, and triumphs of one of America's greatest historical figures. Born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree, Truth went on both literal and metaphorical journeys to become an abolitionist and suffragist whose chosen name reflected both her activism and her core values. Gary D. Schmidt’s prose combines with Daniel Minter’s sweeping illustrations to present readers of all ages with an engaging account of Truth's life and powerful legacy. Ages 7-10. Emily Griswold

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Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781629797182
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Published: Calkins Creek - August 28th, 2018

Witness momentous events through the eyes of a 9-year-old in Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop (Calkins Creek, $17.98). Based on teacher Almella Starks-Umoja’s personal recollections, fictional protagonist Lorraine describes her family’s experiences at home, at church, and on the march after the deaths of two sanitation workers lead to a strike, boycotts, protests—and even more tragedy. One day after giving his stirring “Mountaintop” speech in Memphis, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. R. Gregory Christie’s acrylic-gouache paintings heighten Alice Faye Duncan’s fresh perspective on this epoch, with bold colors and dynamic compositions reminiscent of Jacob Lawrence. Ages 9-12. András Goldinger

YA Pick
Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374306120
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 23rd, 2018

Crispus Attucks High School was a symbol of segregation in 1950s Indianapolis. But when their basketball team won the 1955 state championship—the first for an all-black team in the U.S.—they broke the color barrier in Indiana and opened the eyes of a divided city. Phillip Hoose tells the riveting story of a historic sporting event while situating it in the context of Jim Crow-era Indiana, demonstrating just how powerful this moment was for the people of Indianapolis and especially for the Tigers of Attucks! ($19.99, Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Ages 12-18. Marc Villa