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BLACK HISTORY

47
47

Author:Walter Mosley

A gripping Young Adult fiction debut by bestselling author Walter Mosley.
Walter Mosley is one of the best known writers in America. In his first book for young adults, Mosley deftly weaves historical and speculative fiction into a powerful narrative about the nature of freedom. 47 is a young slave boy living under the watchful eye of a brutal slave master. His life seems doomed until he meets a mysterious run-away slave, Tall John. Then 47 finds himself swept up in a struggle for his own liberation.

Retails:$16.99
C&B Price:$13.00
ISBN: 0316110353

Slavery-Bondage Throughout History
SLAVERY

Author:Richard Ross Watkins

Since the beginning of civilization there have been slaves. Men and women, young and old, black and white -- from China to Brazil and everywhere in between -- millions have been enslaved. In fact, even you could have been a slave, if you had been born in the wrong place and time. In Ancient Babylon, you might have been enslaved as punishment for a crime. In Africa, you might have been sold into slavery in the New World. In Greece, you could have been kidnapped by pirates and then auctioned off as a slave. In England, your parents might have sold you into slavery to pay off a debt. In China, if your parents were slaves, so were you. Today in Pakistan, you could be forced, along with thousands of other children, to stitch together soccer balls for twelve hours a day. Whatever path led to slavery, it is a difficult part of our global human history -- and one that still exists in some countries. Richard Watkins traces the countless journeys and trials of slaves around the world and throughout time. Watkins not only chronicles the terrible legacy of human oppression, he also champions those who fought against it and helped shape slave-free nations for future generations to inherit.

Retails:$18.00
C&B Price:$14.40

Let it Shine
LET IT SHINE

The Stories of Ten Black Women Freedom Fighters
Author:Andrea Davis Pickney, Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator)

Discover the meaning of pride, struggle, and equality in this extraordinary collection about African-American female freedom fighters. All ten women featured worked hard to battle the evils of racism and knock down any and all obstacles. Their achievements paved the way for future activists and changed the world around them. From Harriet Tubman to Josephine Baker to Rosa Parks, these women are amazing. In the story of Biddy Mason, we meet a woman born into slavery and passed from owner to owner. When her slavemaster John Smithson travels from Utah to California, Biddy knows she has found her way out. California is a free state where slavery does not exist. Once there, she befriends many free black people who help her petition a judge for her freedom, and she wins. Soon, Biddy is working as a nurse and midwife, saving money and looking toward the future. She becomes one of the first black women to buy a house and land in the United States, and in the process, she helps other blacks to discover the power and freedom of land ownership.

The illustrations accompanying each story are robust and invigorating, a lot like the women they represent. Bright colors and strong brush strokes add to the rich textures. Each portrait exemplifies the work of each woman. For example, the illustration of Biddy Mason depicts her walking through a green field, with a sash full of houses. She pulls them out and scatters them across the field and into the arms of black farmers.

In the introduction, the author explains her desire for the book, and the women featured in it, to reflect something in everyone -- "the fortitude to keep one's eyes on those prizes that will lead to a better world." Young readers are guaranteed to find this both within the book and within themselves.

Retails:$20.00
C&B Price:$16.00

A Picture of Freedom
A PICTURE OF FREEDOM

The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859 (Dear America Series)
Author:Patricia C. McKissack, Pat McKissack

Clotee is an orphan living on the plantation of "Mas' Henley" and "Miz Lilly." Her owners have put her to work fanning Miz Lilly and her young son William during tutoring sessions. William may not be keen to learn, but Clotee is. She has learned to read while looking over the boy's shoulder and eventually she teaches herself how to write. She practices her newfound skills by writing in a makeshift, secret diary, which is found by William's new tutor. Luckily, he turns out to be an abolitionist. Through his work, Clotee helps some of her friends escape to the North, but she herself chooses to stay behind on the plantation as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Clotee is such a vibrant, fully rounded character that it is almost painful to think of her left on the plantation while her friends and fellow slaves go to freedom. McKissack brings Clotee alive through touching and sobering details of slave life, told in such a matter-of-fact way that their often brutal nature is made abundantly clear. However, this is in no way a depressing book. In fact, it is an inspiring look at a young girl coming of age in terrible circumstances who manages to live life to the fullest.

Retails:$10.95
C&B Price:$8.76

Free to Dream
FREE TO DREAM

Langston Hughes continues to talk to readers of all ages with a powerful simplicity rooted in African American music and daily experience. This biography provides an overview of his life and times, as well as discussion of his work, his leading role in the Harlem Renaissance, and his commitment to giving voice to his people, "laughing to keep from crying." The slightly oversize volume is attractive, with a bright front and back jacket, lots of quotes and black-and-white-photos throughout, and clear chapter notes at the back that make it easy to find the poems and autobiographies. Despite the spacious format, however, the type of the main text is very tight. Still, young people will be drawn to the life story of "a passed-around child," raised in a time of widespread segregation, who grew up to write great poetry with "the boogie-woogie rumble of a dream deferred."

Retails:$16.00
C&B Price:$15.00

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