Harlem Hellfighters - J. Patrick Lewis, Gary Kelley

At a time fraught with racial inequalities and a raging war overseas, 2,000 black American men from New York answered their country’s call to arms. Regarded as men “playing [soldier]” by many of their American peers, the Germans would later rename these brave men the Harlem Hellfighters (Creative Editions, $18.99). J. Patrick Lewis uses free verse poems to convey the important role these men played in the history of World War One, while giving readers a more intimate look at the role jazz band leader Big Jim Europe played in recruitment, morale, and the unity of the regiment. Gary Kelley’s illustrations have a haunting reverence that complements Lewis’s free verse, making this a beautiful, important, and educational book not to be missed.  Ages 9-12. KLG

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By J. Patrick Lewis, Gary Kelley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781568462462
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Published: Creative Editions - August 19th, 2014

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